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Kickoff: Sun. Jan 6th @ 1:05 pm EST

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LAC
65%
Picks
35%
BAL
+2.5
15%
ATS
85%
-2.5
U
66%
43.0
34%
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Current Chargers vs Ravens Odds

Odds History
Moneyline Spread Total
+115 2.15 23/20 0.47 +2.5 -110 1.91 10/11 0.52 O 43.0 -105 1.95 20/21 0.51
-135 1.74 20/27 0.57 -2.5 -110 1.91 10/11 0.52 U 43.0 -115 1.87 20/23 0.53
Moneyline Spread Total
+128 2.28 32/25 0.44 +3 -109 1.92 100/109 0.52 O 43 -109 1.92 100/109 0.52
-148 1.68 25/37 0.60 -3 -109 1.92 100/109 0.52 U 43 -109 1.92 100/109 0.52
Moneyline Spread Total
+128 2.28 32/25 0.44 +3 -116 1.86 25/29 0.54 O 42.5 -113 1.88 100/113 0.53
-148 1.68 25/37 0.60 -3 -104 1.96 25/26 0.51 U 42.5 -107 1.93 100/107 0.52
Moneyline Spread Total
+110 2.10 11/10 0.48 +2.5 -115 1.87 20/23 0.53 O 42.5 -115 1.87 20/23 0.53
-130 1.77 10/13 0.57 -2.5 -105 1.95 20/21 0.51 U 42.5 -105 1.95 20/21 0.51

Matchup Overview

Two teams no one wants to face will square off against one another on Sunday, January 6th as the Los Angeles Chargers visit M&T Stadium in Baltimore to face the Ravens in one of four wild card matchups to kick off the NFL playoffs.

Kickoff is set for 1:05pm.

Los Angeles Chargers

Only a stellar Chiefs season has Los Angeles playing on wild card weekend.

The Chargers have been consistently great all season, and are one of just two playoff teams that rank inside the top 10 of DVOA on both offense and defense this season (the Colts are the other).

Offensively, the Chargers rank an impressive sixth in the NFL in scoring, led by another outstanding season by veteran pivot Philip Rivers.

Like clockwork, Rivers threw for over 4,300 yards and 32 touchdowns – the 10th time in the last 11 seasons he’s cranked out a 4,000+, 25+ TD campaign.

Defensively, the Chargers run defense is going to be tested against Baltimore’s top rated rushing attack. The Chargers allow just under 106 yards per game, which ranked ninth in the NFL this year.

LA is proud to boast their own super rookie in safety Derwin James, who helped lead a unit that was without stud linebacker Joey Bosa for nine games this year.

With Bosa back, the pass rush, which only ranked 19th with 38 sacks on the year, will be a more formidable weapon when Baltimore does decide to drop back and pass.

In their previous meeting in Week 16, Los Angeles held Baltimore to around their league-leading average, allowing 159 yards rushing and no touchdowns.

Where they are weakest will be special teams, ranking 26th in DVOA. The Chargers’ kicking woes are now legendary and beyond-comedic sad. However, after shuffling through a dizzying array of kickers, they may have found themselves a great one in Mike Badgley.

Still, Los Angeles will be holding its collective breath if it comes down to a field goal to win or tie the game.

Chargers vs Ravens Statistical Comparison

Chargers
VS
Ravens

12-4 (2nd AFC West) Record 10-6 (1st AFC North)
26.8 (6th) PPG 24.3 (13th)
372.6 (11th) YPG 374.9 (9th)
117.1 (15th) Rushing YPG 152.6 (2nd)
255.6 (10th) Passing YPG 222.4 (22nd)
20.6 (8th) PPG Allowed 17.9 (2nd)
333.7 (9th) YPG Allowed 292.9 (1st)
105.8 (9th) Rushing YPG Allowed 82.9 (4th)
227.9 (9th) Passing YPG Allowed 210.0 (5th)
+1 (T-15th) Turnover Differential -3 (22nd)

*Stats are from the 2018 NFL regular season

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore’s surge to the AFC North crown and playoff berth was spearheaded by two key factors: inserting rookie Lamar Jackson in at starting quarterback for Joe Flacco, and their tried and true defense once again rising to the occasion.

With Jackson at the helm, Baltimore shifted styles to a heavy run option attack. To say he was electric would be an understatement.

In the seven games he’s manned the pivot duties, the Ravens are 6-1, and gashing teams to the tune of 229.6 yards rushing per contest. This old-school, ball-control offense was also helped along by the super play of unheralded rookie Gus Edwards.

The ability to gain yards every time they rush the ball has also opened up the play action game, which was a factor when these two teams met in Week 16.

The Ravens were also able to force the Chargers into three turnovers, including two Rivers’ interceptions.

Baltimore’s defense is legit: they rank in the top five of every major statistical category, including a league best 292.9 yards allowed per game, while allowing just 17.9 points per game (2nd). They have owned games at times this season.

While special teams may be the Chargers’ Achilles heel, it may be the trump card for the Ravens, who have no problem trotting out kicker Justin Tucker in clutch situations – he’s one of the league’s all-time greats.

Chargers and Ravens Betting Trends

Chargers Betting Trends Ravens Betting Trends
LAC was 7-1 ATS on the road in 2018 BAL was 3-5 ATS at home in 2018
LAC was 4-1 SU as underdog in 2018 BAL was 7-4 SU as favorite in 2018
LAC was 4-1 ATS as road underdog in 2018 BAL was 3-5 ATS as home favorite in 2018
LAC was 9-4 SU in conference games in 2018 BAL was 8-4 SU in conference games in 2018
LAC is 5-6-1 ATS following a win in 2018 BAL is 5-4-0 ATS following a win in 2018