Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner and "Good Morning Football" co-host Peter Schrager joined a 60-minute edition of Chargers Weekly – the official podcast of the team – to preview Saturday night's home game against the Baltimore Ravens on NFL Network.
Schrager will be on the sidelines and Warner will be in the booth along with Mike Tirico. Jeff Zrebiec of The AthleticBaltimore and Chargers' radio analyst Daniel Jeremiah also joined this week's episode. Highlights from the conversation are below.
Warner on Philip Rivers in clutch moments this season (:40):
"What they've done this year, winning those close games and the way he's played and specifically the last two games on the road, down by double-digits and bringing his team back twice. So, kind of that feel of maybe something's kind of turned the corner. Maybe there's a belief here, and maybe Philip's even figured something out. And again, that's hard to say because he's been so good throughout his career, but in these moments, I think he's been better this year than I've ever seen him before."
Zrebiec on Ravens undrafted rookie running back Gus Edwards (18:35):
"He didn't make the team. He was on the waiver wire, and then they had one of their top-three running backs Kenneth Dixon get hurt and Gus Edwards wasn't even their first promotion. They promoted somebody else from their practice squad. So, it's just interesting. I mean, it's just no frills. He doesn't wow you; he just puts his head down and goes forward. He has not lost a yard yet this year. He has not had a single carry where he has lost yardage."
Schrager on Baltimore's defense (32:20):
"Everyone's going to talk about (quarterback) Lamar Jackson, but that defense is so good and they hit so hard, and they've got such a stronghold on the way that these games are played. The Ravens never find themselves in shootouts. … It's just always going to be in that 20 to 25-point range, if you're lucky. They don't lose games 51 to 28. They don't play in games where they have to score 40. So I say that because that's going to put the pressure on the Chargers to get to that point, and the Chargers' defense has to keep Lamar Jackson and that offense under 20 themselves. … This isn't going to be the Chiefs game. This isn't going to be back and forth and wild, wild west. This is going to be one of those games where someone's going to win 21 to 19 or 24 to 20 and I think that's going to be the storyline: Who's got the ball last and whose defense can put the punishment on two really good offenses."
Jeremiah on his key to victory for the Chargers (47:00):
"To me, it sounds cliché, but turnovers are huge in this game. If you can turn over the Ravens, again, jump on them early, that would be huge. And on the other side of it, make this offense travel the length of the field. Don't give them a short field. Don't turn the ball over on your side and let Lamar Jackson and company cash that in quick. The other thing you got to think of with (Justin) Tucker over there, any time they get a possession inside your 35-yard line, it's three points. So, make them travel some distance. Don't give them a short field."
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