The Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers are two teams that seem to be going down the same path. Both had playoff aspirations entering the 2015 season, but find themselves in last place in their respective divisions.
Both the Ravens and Chargers are currently in a three-game losing streak and desperate to stop the bleeding. The reason for both teams’ demise is that each have a quarterback that is trying to carry his team because their defense cannot make a stop when it matters most.
The Chargers are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Oakland Raiders, in which they were down 30-6 at halftime. Rivers was picked off twice, but still managed to put up 336 yards through the air.
Philip Rivers is shattering the NFL record books over the past few weeks, but the numbers have not translated into wins. Rivers currently leads the NFL in passing with 2,452 yards, and is currently on pace to break Peyton Manning‘s record of 5,477 yards that was set in 2013.
The Ravens are not putting up mind-blowing numbers on offense, but Joe Flacco continuously has his team in position to win games, but cannot finish the job. Flacco has now thrown two game-ending interceptions in the end zone, including the loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night.
We knew the schedule was going to be rough in the first half of the season. With four losses out West, things get much easier the rest of the way for the Ravens. The Ravens next three opponents have a combined 7-13 record and John Harbaugh has a 12-2 record at home during the month of November.
For the Ravens to salvage this season into something respectable, they need to take care of business at home. That is just one of our five keys to victory over the Chargers this week.
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