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Ravens vs. Chargers final: MVP, stock-up and stock-down

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9-6 baby!

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An absolute battle by the Chargers and Ravens ends with a Baltimore victory, 22-10. This was a playoff game, no doubt about it.


Co-MVP: Brandon Carr

He set the tone. On the first play of this game the man with the longest start streak in the NFL intercepted Philip Rivers and let the Chargers know they were in for a fist-fight until the end. Don’t get me wrong, Carr produced throughout the entire game with his coverage skills, but the interception made this the real deal.

Co-MVP: Patrick Onwuasor

Two sacks on Philip Rivers and the game-winning forced fumble on Antonio Gates to spring Tavon Young for a 68-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. Peanut, you glorious linebacker. . . Thank you.

Stock up

Tavon Young — What a game from the former Temple standout. An incredible open field tackle early in the game and he finished the contest with a SIXTY-EIGHT YARD FUMBLE RECOVERY! THE ABSOLUTE MADMAN!

Za’Darius Smith — The Ravens needed a big play. The Chargers were driving late in the fourth quarter. Every Ravens fan has watched this horror movie before. Za’Darius gave it a new ending. His third-down sack on Rivers changed the course and helped Baltimore win.

Marlon Humphrey — The best cornerback in the NFL right now. After a long and arduous training camp, he came out the other end a bonafide star. Ozzie Newsome and his Alabama picks, baby.

Tony Jefferson — Early penalties hurt but his late-game action on the second-to-last Chargers drive was huge. Mike Williams on the end-around crumpled when he went up against TJ and he made another big hit later on.

Jimmy Smith — He was mentioned once all broadcast, and it was only when Keenan Allen was yelling at the referee for a no-call. Great work by Smith after a tough few weeks.

Michael ‘Mayhem’ Pierce — All he does is create mayhem in the middle of the trenches. He’s battling it in the warzone and eating up double-teams. His strength and motor is forcing teams to give him more attention and allowing guys like Za’Darius to find open lanes and get to the quarterback.

Gus Edwards Jr. — Though his streak of carries without a loss ended at 114(!), he still 92 on the ground on only 14 carries. He also trucked for 43 yards on his first play and gave the Ravens an early lead.

Mark Andrews — What a stud. What an absolute gem of a third-round pick. His route-running and hands are unstoppable at times. His 68-yard touchdown was the game-winning score.

Hayden Hurst — He’s continuing to get more involved as the week pushes on. If not for the unfortunate foot injury to start the year, I believe he’d be making big plays too.

Sam Koch — 1,000 punts in the NFL eclipsed. What a number. An absolute legend for the brand.

Lamar Jackson — First NFL game with 200-yards passing. He outplayed Rivers and finished with a QB Rating of 101.3.

Stock-down

Javorius Allen — By no fault of his own, his production in Baltimore looks through. When Kenneth Dixon and Gus Edwards perform like this, it’s hard for anybody to earn snaps. Heck, Ty Montgomery is in only for his pass protection and speed on third downs.

Kenny Young — The young gun won’t be earning much game time when Peanut is out here making tackles, sacks and forcing fumbles. As I mentioned up above, I believe the early success from Young made Patrick a better player and he’ll be out there soon enough.

Michael Crabtree — Those catches can be the difference in most games. With this offense being so run-heavy, the few passes going your way mean everything.