Schwartz: What to Expect in Chargers-Ravens and How I’m Betting It

Arnold Nichols
January 7, 2019

You have the Baltimore Ravens who are 6-1 since Lamar Jackson took over as quarterback due to Joe Flacco getting injured.

The San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Ravens square off on Sunday in Baltimore for what should be a terrific game in the NFL's Wild Card weekend. He has thrown at least two touchdowns in eight straight postseason games, marking the longest streak in postseason history.

It's a rematch of a pivotal contest two weeks ago, when Baltimore took control of the AFC North with a 22-10 victory that dropped the Chargers to the No. 6 seed.

Jackson didn't have a good game, throwing an interception and fumbling the ball multiple times, but it wasn't just the execution of the players that was bad.

He didn't suffer any setback in his recovery, Rapoport adds, and his status for a potential divisional-round game will be reassessed should L.A. win Sunday.

This will likely be another close and low-scoring game; look no further than the three-point spread and the 42-point over/under. Gordon, 25, had 1,375 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns in 12 games this season.

If the Ravens put in Flacco, it's because they believe they need 20+ points to beat the Chargers and can't rely on a run-first offense to come back.

Will it be any different being the No. 2 quarterback in the playoffs for the first time in his career? They are an extremely balanced team. The Cleveland Browns won seven games and their emergence from a win free 2017 season made the division much more of a challenge. The run defense for the Chargers will be on full alert trying to contain Jackson and Edwards. For Jackson, the rookie out of Louisville, he's just getting his feet wet in the National Football League, and, barring any unforeseen injury, he'll be around to lead the Ravens for the next decade-plus, hopefully. In the last game, however, Baltimore allowed 426 yards, the most in a home game since October 11, 2015. "Then when you go once in the last nine or 10 years, you realize how fleeting it is and how hard it is to get in". However, he did show potential in the fourth quarter, as he attempted an improbable comeback and drove the Ravens down the field multiple times.

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