The Los Angeles Chargers (11-3) return to ROKiT Field at StubHub Center for the final home game of the regular season when they host the Baltimore Ravens (8-6) in primetime. Kickoff is set for 5:20PM PT.
What to Watch For…
On Offense for the Chargers
Philip Rivers enters Week 16 amidst one of the finest seasons of his Hall of Fame career. The Pro Bowler has completed 310 of 447 attempts for 3,951 yards, 31 touchdowns and only eight interceptions for a 112.4 passer rating. His top weapon, Keenan Allen, was just named to his second-straight Pro Bowl after amassing team-highs in receptions (88) and yards (1,074). Meanwhile, Mike Williams ranks fourth in the NFL among wideouts with 10 total TDs (nine receiving, one rushing), while Tyrell Williams has 39 catches for 618 yards and five TDs. On the ground, Melvin Gordon made another Pro Bowl after toting the rock 153 times for 802 yards (5.2 ypc) and nine touchdowns. He also had 44 catches for 453 yards and four touchdowns.
On Offense for the Ravens
Lamar Jackson took over at quarterback late in the year and has emerged as one of the NFL’s most unique playmakers. In fact, the QB has attempted 124 passes and has run the ball 114 times, developing into one of the top dual threats in the game. Jackson has completed 73 of his attempts (58.9 percent) for 818 yards, five touchdowns and three picks for an 82.0 passer rating. Meanwhile, his 114 carries have gone for 566 yards (5.0 ypc) and another three scores. Willie Snead is the Ravens’ top receiving threat with 61 catches for 626 yards and one score while John Brown has 681 receiving yards and a team-high five receiving TDs. Finally, Gus Edwards has been a force down the stretch, toting the rock 111 times for 550 yards (5.0 ypc) and two scores.
On Defense for the Chargers
Two members of the Bolts’ defense were named to the Pro Bowl earlier this week in Derwin James and Melvin Ingram. The safety leads the team with 97 tackles and is on pace to become the first rookie in franchise history to record 100 tackles. He also leads the team with 14 passes defensed and is tied with Desmond King for most interceptions with three. Meanwhile, Ingram’s 7.0 sacks lead the team, followed by Isaac Rochell (5.0) and Joey Bosa (4.0).
On Defense for the Ravens
The Ravens boast the league’s number one defense behind a ferocious pass rush. In fact, three players share the team lead with 7.0 sacks in Matthew Judon, Za’Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs. Meanwhile, C.J. Mosley has a team-high 62 tackles, followed by former Charger Eric Weddle (53) and Tony Jefferson (43).
The Ravens lead the all-time series 6-5, winning the last contest in Baltimore back in 2015, 29-26. However, the Chargers hold a 4-3 advantage in games played at home. The last three matchups have been decided by three points or less.
By the Numbers
The Chargers rank sixth in total offense (392.0 yards per game), eighth in passing (270.1 ypg), 12th in rushing (121.9 ypg) and fourth in points (28.2). The Ravens rank 12th in total offense (369.6 ypg), 20th in passing (227.8 ypg), second in rushing (141.9 ypg) and 14th in points (24.4).
Defensively, the Bolts rank eighth in total defense (329.1 ypg), eighth in passing (225.4 ypg), ninth in rushing (103.7 ypg) and eighth in points allowed (21.3). Baltimore ranks first in total defense (290.2 ypg), third in passing (202.6 ypg), third in rushing (87.6 ypg) and first in points allowed (18.1).
Milestones on the Horizon
Keenan Allen needs 12 more receptions to reach 100 for the season, which would mark the third 100-catch campaign in team history (and his second-straight).
Allen needs 15 more receptions to reach 103 on the year, breaking his own team record of 102 set last season.
Allen needs 100-plus receiving yards to post the 22nd 100-yard game of his career and break a tie with TE Antonio Gates for ﬁfth in team history.
Allen needs at least 10 receptions, 100 yards and a touchdown catch to post his ﬁfth such game since 2017, which would tie Houston WR DeAndre Hopkins for the most over that span.
Antonio Gates needs 15 receiving yards to reach 11,835 for his career and pass Hall of Fame WR Don Maynard (11,834) for 28th on the all-time list.
Melvin Gordon needs 87 scrimmage yards to pass Ryan Mathews (5,171) for fourth in career scrimmage yards by a running back in team history.
Philip Rivers needs 300-plus passing yards to record his 63rd career game with at least 300 yards, tying Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino for the fourth-most in history.
Rivers needs 49 passing yards to reach 4,000 for the year. It would be his 10th season reaching that mark, which would be good for the third-most 4,000-yard campaigns in NFL history.
Rivers needs three touchdown passes to tie his team record and career high of 34 in a single season set in 2008.
Rivers needs a passer rating of at least 85 to become just the second quarterback in NFL history to do so in each of the ﬁrst 15 games to start a season (Peyton Manning with Indianapolis in 2004).
Melvin Ingram needs two sacks to reach 44.0 for his career to pass LB Shawne Merriman for No. 6 in team history.
Noteworthy vs. the Ravens
With a victory, the Chargers would reach 12-3 for just the second time in history (ﬁnished 13-3 in 2009). It would also mark the sixth season in team history with at least 12 wins.
Philip Rivers has faced the Ravens seven times, sporting a 105.5 rating. Rivers has thrown for 2,012 yards, completing 67.9 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns to only four interceptions. In the 2009 matchup, he passed for what was then a career-high 436 yards and two touchdowns.
Antonio Gates has played the Ravens eight times and has caught 40 passes for 407 yards and two scores. He’s caught both his touchdowns and totaled 105 yards on six receptions in the winning effort in 2007.
Keenan Allen hauled in a then career-high 11 catches for 121 yards and two scores in the 2014 win at Baltimore. Allen caught a 13-yard touchdown in the 2015 matchup.
Chargers Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt coached tight ends for the Ravens from 1997-98.
Ravens S Eric Weddle was drafted by the Chargers in 2007, where he played for the Bolts for nine seasons (2007-15).
Ravens OL Coach Joe D'Alessandris served in the same role for the Chargers from 2013-15.
NFL Network/ ABC – Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Kurt Warner (analyst) and Peter Schrager (sideline)
KFI-AM 640 – Matt “Money” Smith (play-by-play), Daniel Jeremiah (analyst) and Shannon Farren (sideline)
Spanish Radio: KFWB – AM 980 – Mario Solis (play-by-play) and Jorge Villanueva (analyst)
Chargers radio broadcasts throughout the season will be able to be heard across ten radio stations from Southern California to Nevada. Fans can listen in English on KGB-FM and KLSD-AM (San Diego), KNWZ-AM (Palm Springs), KALZ-AM (Fresno), KBFP-AM (Bakersfield), KNWH-FM (Yucca Valley), KRLV-FM (Las Vegas), KRAK-AM (Victorville) and KATY-FM (San Bernardino). Spanish broadcasts can be heard on XHFG-FM (San Diego).