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Scouting Report: Chargers at Ravens
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The San Diego Chargers head east for a Week 8 date with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Kickoff from M&T Bank Stadium is set for 10:00am PST.
A Look Back At Last Week
The Chargers got in an early hole and couldn’t recover as they fell to the Oakland Raiders 37-29. Their AFC West rival struck early, racing out to a 30-6 lead at halftime scoring on all six possessions over the first 30 minutes. Philip Rivers tied a franchise record with his fourth consecutive 300-yard game, and the Bolts rattled off 23 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as they lost their third straight.
What to Watch For…
On Offense for the Chargers
Entering Week 8, Philip Rivers is on pace to not only shatter team records, but NFL marks as well. He leads the league in attempts, completions and yards, and is on track to attempt 710 passes and complete 491 for 5,605 yards. The current franchise marks for each category are 609 attempts, 379 completions and 4,802 yards. His top target, Keenan Allen, currently leads the NFL with 62 catches. If he keeps up this pace, he’d finish with 142 receptions, which would blow away LaDainian Tomlinson’s club record of 100 set in 2003. Danny Woodhead has also been a dangerous weapon in the passing game, and is fresh off a career-high 11 catch performance. He ranks 15th in the NFL with 37 receptions, the most of any non-wide receiver in the league.
On Offense for the Ravens
In what he announced will be his final NFL season, Steve Smith, SR. is showing no signs of slowing down. The 15–year veteran leads Baltimore in catches (41), yards (588) and touchdown receptions (three). Under center, Joe Flacco is 180 for 287 (62.7%) for 1,857 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions with an 80.1 passer rating. Meanwhile, Justin Forsett has been a workhouse, carrying the rock 116 times for 493 yard (4.3 yards per carry) and two touchdowns.
On Defense for the Chargers
Corey Liuget anchors the Bolts’ defensive line with 29 total tackles, six tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, five pressures and four QB hits. Jerry Attaochu leads the pass rush with 4.0 sacks, while Patrick Robinson has a team-high four passes defensed.
On Defense for the Ravens
Daryl Smith has been one of the most productive inside linebackers in the game, tallying 62 tackles over the first seven weeks. Fellow inside linebacker C.J. Mosley and former Chargers defensive end Lawrence Guy are tied for the team lead with 3.0 sacks each, while outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil continues to be a force off the edge with 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
The Chargers and Ravens have met 10 times and with the series split evenly, 5-5. San Diego has won two of the last three and three of the last five, including last season’s 34-33 comeback win at M&T Bank Stadium for their first ever win over the Ravens in Baltimore.
By the Numbers
For the year, the Chargers rank first in total offense (430.7 yards per game), first in passing (343.6 ypg), 29th in rushing (87.1 ypg) and 12th in points (23.6). The Ravens rank 15th in total offense (356.1 ypg), 12th in passing (253.0 ypg), 19th in rushing (103.1 ypg) and 15th in points (23.0)
Defensively, the Bolts rank 18th in total defense (362.6 ypg), ninth in passing (230.4 ypg), 31st in rushing (132.1 ypg) and 27th in points allowed (28.3). Baltimore ranks 25th in total defense (385.4 ypg), 28th in passing (283.0 ypg), 10th in rushing (102.4 ypg) and 26th in points allowed (26.9).
Noteworthy vs. the Ravens
Malcom Floyd had the longest catch of his career (59 yards) last season against the Ravens.
Antonio Gates had two touchdown catches against the Ravens in 2007.
In 2009, Philip Rivers passed for 436 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Ravens, including the longest touchdown pass of his career (81 yards) to Darren Sproles. In six career starts vs. Baltimore, Rivers has completed 137 of 206 (65.5%.) for 1,711 yards with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions for a 101.8 rating.
Mike Scifres has hit two of the longest punts of his career (70 and 71 yards) against Baltimore. He hit the 70 yarder in 2007 and the 71 yarder in 2006.
Playing for Buffalo in 2010, Stevie Johnson had a career-high 158 yards receiving vs. the Ravens. Johnson caught eight passes, including a 33-yard touchdown, and averaged an impressive 19.8 yards per catch.
Playing for Pittsburgh in 2011, David Johnson had his longest catch of the season (25 yards) vs. the Ravens.
Playing for Kansas City, Brandon Flowers had an interception against Baltimore in 2012, while in the 2010 Wild Card Playoffs, Flowers had five tackles and two passes defensed against the Ravens.
Playing for the New York Jets, Kellen Clemens threw the first touchdown pass of his career in a 2007 game against the Ravens.
Milestones on the Horizon
Philip Rivers has thrown for more than 300 yards in four straight games, tied for the longest streak in franchise history. If he throws for 300 yards again on Sunday vs. the Ravens, he will set a new team record.
Rivers ranks 13th all-time with 267 career touchdown passes. Currently, the New York Giants’ Eli Manning is 12th (270), while Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana is 11th with 273.
Rivers ranks second in team history with 3,240 career completions. He needs 58 more to break Fouts’ team record of 3,297.
Antonio Gates has 806 career catches, fourth all-time among tight ends. He needs 10 more to move past Shannon Sharpe (815) and into third.
Malcom Floyd currently has 32 career touchdown catches. He needs one more to move into a tie with Tony Martin for 10th in team history.
Chargers wide receiver and kick returner Jacoby Jones spent the 2012-14 seasons in Baltimore where he helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII.
Guard Kenny Wiggins spent time on Baltimore’s practice squad in 2011.
Left tackle King Dunlap’s father, King Dunlap IV, is a former defensive tackle whom the Baltimore Colts selected in the fifth round of the 1969 NFL Draft.
Chargers Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Rick Lyle played on the defensive line for the Ravens in 1996.
Linebackers Coach Mike Nolan spent four seasons as an assistant in Baltimore, including three seasons (2002-04) as their defensive coordinator.
Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich played quarterback at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.
Ravens’ defensive end Lawrence Guy played for the Bolts in 2013 and the beginning of the 2014 season.
Cornerback Shareece Wright was a third-round pick of the Chargers in 2011 and played for the Chargers from 2011-14.
Ravens’ Director of Player Engagement Harry Swayne spent six years (1991- 96) as an offensive tackle with the Chargers, including the team’s 1994 AFC Championship season.
Regional scout Lonnie Young played defensive back for the Chargers in 1994.
Know Your Opponent:
CBS (KFMB, Channel 8 in San Diego and KCBS, Channel 2 in Los Angeles and Orange County) – Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Trent Green (analyst), Jamie Erdahl (reporter)
Rock 105.3 FM, XTRA Sports 1360 (San Diego) and AM 570 KLAC (Los Angeles & Orange County) – Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Curtis Conway (analyst), Nick Hardwick (reporter)
Spanish Radio –XHFG 107.3 (San Diego) and KWKW 1330 AM (Los Angeles) – Jorge Villanueva (play-by-play) and Dante Lazcano (analyst)
All Chargers radio broadcasts are now being streamed live on the team’s official website, www.chargers.com. XTRA Sports 1360 Broadcasts with Josh Lewin (play-by-play) and Curtis Conway (analyst) will begin two hours before kickoff and continue for 90 minutes of postgame coverage.
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