The Baltimore Ravens (+5) are making a trip across the country to take the field against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center. Kickoff for this key game is set for 8:20 p.m. ET and fans can catch the action by tuning in to NFL Network.
Betting Preview: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore is a live dog in this Saturday matchup and is currently getting 5 points. The Ravens are also receiving +160 moneyline odds while the Chargers are -180. Some decent in-game betting scenarios might be unveiled during this match, and oddsmakers have set the over/under (O/U) at 45 points.
The Ravens have gained 0.8 units so far in 2018 and are 7-7 against the spread (ATS). They’ve been a decent under bet and have posted an O/U record of 6-8.
The Chargers have gained 5.4 units this season. The team is 8-6 ATS and eight of its games have gone over the total.
The Ravens have gone 8-6 straight up (SU) in 2018 while the Chargers are 11-3 SU.
The Ravens enter after a 20-12 victory over Tampa Bay in Week 15. Lamar Jackson completed 14 passes for just 131 yards and one touchdown. Gus Edwards (104 yards on 19 rush attempts, one TD) and the signal-caller Jackson (95 yards on 18 carries) led the ground attack. Willie Snead IV (five receptions, 58 yards) and Hayden Hurst (three catches, 20 yards) shared the receiving duties in the win.
Los Angeles just earned a 29-28 win over Kansas City in Week 15. The let the Chiefs put up 243 passing yards and 60 rushing yards. Damien Williams was a bright spot in the loss, recording 49 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 10 attempts, along with 74 yards on six catches for Kansas City. For Los Angeles, Philip Rivers completed 26-of-38 passes for 313 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Justin Jackson (58 rushing yards on 16 attempts, one TD) spearheaded the running game as Mike Williams (seven receptions, 76 yards, two TDs) and Tyrell Williams (six catches, 71 yards) led the receiving attack in the win.
Baltimore has run the ball on 47.7 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Los Angeles has an overall rush percentage of 43.9 percent. The Ravens have produced 141.9 rush yards/game and have 17 scores on the ground this year. The Bolts are totaling 121.9 rushing yards per game and have 14 total rush TDs.
The Ravens offense has logged 237.5 yards/contest in the air overall and has 17 passing TDs so far. The Bolts have produced 282.8 pass yards per contest and have 31 total pass scores.
Baltimore appears to have an edge in both areas of the defense. The team has let opponents run for an average of 87.6 yards and pass for 221.0 yards per game. The Los Angeles defense has given up 242.1 yards per game to opposing passers and 103.7 yards per game to opposing runners. The Ravens are giving up an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of only 5.37 to opposing QBs, while the Bolts have allowed a 5.93 ANY/A.
Passing-wise, Jackson has put up 671 yards this year. He’s connected on 60-of-100 attempts with three scores through the air and three interceptions. Jackson’s got a 5.13 adjusted net yards per pass attempt, including 6.18 over the last two outings.
Philip Rivers has connected on 291-of-418 passes for 3,731 yards, 30 TDs and eight INTs for Los Angeles. His ANY/A stands at 8.60 for the season and 6.23 over his past two outings.
Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Chargers NFL Pick
SU Winner: Chargers, ATS Winner: Ravens, O/U: Over
Team Betting Notes
- Los Angeles has lost four fumbles this season while Baltimore has lost nine.
- The Baltimore defense has 39 sacks on the year while Los Angeles has 34.
- Baltimore, as a team, has averaged 4.7 yards per carry across its past three outings and 4.9 over its last two.
- Los Angeles has averaged 4.1 yards per carry over its last three contests and 4.2 over its past two.
- Baltimore has won five of its last six games SU, with a three-point defeat to Kansas City on December 9th representing the only loss over that stretch.
- Los Angeles has won 11 of its last 12 games SU, with a -1-point defeat to Denver on November 18th accounting for the lone loss over that span.