The Baltimore Ravens have performed fairly well this season. If you told me at the beginning of the year that we'd be at 10-3 at this point of the season, I think most Ravens fans would take it. Sure the losses came to unexpected teams but that is why the season is played; Every team wins a few games they shouldn't and loses some games they should have won (unless you're the Green Bay Packers).
The current four game win streak this team has been riding has been against teams that have allowed the Ravens to play the smash mouth football they thrive in. Cincinnati, and Cleveland were two divisional opponents the Ravens knew very well. San Francisco, like the Ravens, want to pound the football and play great Defense. Indianapolis is just.. well Indianapolis.
The Chargers come at the perfect time as the only team left on the regular season schedule that are capable of giving the Ravens a sample of what a high powered offense can do.
The Chargers have certainly underachieved this year. Their 6-7 record has them on the outside looking in to the playoffs. Not to be discredited however, is their more than capable Offense. Quarterback Phillip Rivers is second in the league with 17 interceptions but could possibly cross yet another 4,000 yard season this Sunday. Last time these two teams met up, he carved the secondary for a Career High 436 yards, albeit in a loss. The receivers are big and dominant. Vincent Jackson is a beast on the outside and Tight End Antonio Gates is still arguably in the top three at his position. Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert provide a solid 1-2 punch and stability to the offense.
Now, the Ravens could be without their unsung hero of the year, Lardarius Webb for this football game, but I don't think that is any kind of excuse for the Ravens to show any weakness in the secondary. Although this team is very capable of doing damage, they are a lesser version of The Patriots and the Packers, potential opponents in the playoffs. The Ravens have yet to keep a good to pro-bowl level quarterback in check this season who's name is not Ben Roethlesberger.
Week 2: Matt Hasslebeck - 358 yards, 1 TD, 1INT - 95.1 Quarterback rating
Week 11: Andy Dalton - 373 yards, 1TD 3 INTs (Yeah a bit nit-picky, but near 400 yards from a rookie is a bit worrisome)
I am excited to see how the Ravens perform against a potentially explosive passing offense. It will be a great test for a team with Super Bowl aspirations and allow us fans to get a feel for how their team performs against capable Quarterbacks