Two of the best teams and top offenses in the NFL meet Sunday as the Baltimore Ravens host the LA Chargers. Both teams come in with records of 4-1 and lead their respective divisions. These two teams have not played since 2019 when the Chargers won 23-17. The Ravens are 2.5 point favorites in this game with the over-under set at 51.5. This should be one of the best, and most fun, games of the weekend.
Chargers win thriller over BrownsThe Chargers are not only one of the best teams in the NFL this season, they are one of the most exciting. That's due to their star quarterback Justin Herbert, who has become one of the best in the league in just his second season. Last week the Chargers lived up to the hype, scoring a thrilling come from behind 47-42 win over the Cleveland Browns to improve to 4-1. After the Browns scored with about 4 minutes left to take a 42-35 lead, Herbert marched the Chargers down the field and hit Austin Ekeler on a 19-yard touchdown strike to make it 42-41, after a missed extra point, with about 3 and a half minutes left. The Chargers defense held and gave the ball back to Herbert, who led another drive which ended in a three-yard touchdown run by Ekeler with under 2 minutes left to give the Chargers the 47-42 win.
Justin Herbert already has the most 300-yard games in a player's first two NFL seasons.— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 12, 2021
...there's 12 games left this season. 😳 pic.twitter.com/BX1u2LbCYE
Herbert had another great game, going 26 for 43 for 398 yards and 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions for a quarterback rating of 122. Oh yeah, he also rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown. Mike Williams was his favorite target, as Williams caught 8 passes for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ekeler rushed for 66 yards and 2 touchdowns and also caught 5 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. Keenan Allen caught 6 passes for 75 yards while Donald Parham also caught a touchdown pass. Overall, the Chargers had 493 total yards. The Chargers come into this game Sunday pretty healthy. The only questionable player for Sunday's game against the Ravens is defensive tackle Justin Jones.
Jackson leads Ravens back againIf there has been a team that has been more exciting this year than the Chargers, it's the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are 4-1 and scored another come-from-behind win last Sunday, beating the Indianapolis Colts 31-25 in overtime on Monday night. As has been their MO all season, the Ravens came out flat and looked like they were going to get blown out by a lesser team in the Colts. But then, as he has done all season, Lamar Jackson put the team on his back. The Ravens were trailing 25-9 entering the fourth quarter. Jackson led two fourth-quarter scoring drives and the Ravens did something you don't see too often, they converted not one but two 2-point conversions to send the game to overtime.
Then, in the extra period, Jackson hit Marquise Brown on a five-yard touchdown pass to win it in overtime. The Ravens racked up 523 yards, most of them coming from Jackson, who had a ridiculous line. He was 37 for 43 for 442 yards with 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 140. He was also the leading rusher, rushing for 62 yards. Combined, Jackson accounted for more than 500 total yards. Jackson has shown in the early going this season that he doesn't just have to rely on his legs and has become a much more accurate passer downfield. Ravens tight end Mark Andrews had a huge game with 11 catches for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns while Brown had 9 catches for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Ravens are still dealing with quite a few injuries as receivers Sammy Watkins and Rashod Bateman are questionable, as are key players on the offensive line and the secondary.
- Ravens are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Ravens are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 6.
- Ravens are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Chargers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Chargers are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games in October.
- Chargers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. AFC.
- Chargers are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Chargers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games.