Ref Ruling Melvin Gordon Didn't Fumble Swings Whole Ravens-Chargers Game

John Harbaugh. Credit Jake Roth USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers are the No. 5 seed despite having a 12-4 record due to coming behind the Chiefs based on a tiebreaker. They are 6-2 at home. The Ravens are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 playoff games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games in January. "We don't want missed tackles, but if they show up with the right leverage, it's more of that mindset with him that we have to play fast with them and try to eat up the grass".

The change came just in time, with the Ravens winning six of seven to steal ahead of the Big Ben Roethlisberger et al in the AFC North and emerge as dark horses for the National Football League crown. But the final stat line couldn't overshadow an ugly first three quarters for the Baltimore offense, which was showered with boos by the capacity crowd at M&T Bank Stadium at one point in the fourth quarter as the Chargers took a 23-3 lead behind a defense that sacked Jackson seven times. The Cleveland Browns won seven games and their emergence from a win free 2017 season made the division much more of a challenge. "Then when you go once in the last nine or 10 years, you realize how fleeting it is and how hard it is to get in". Houston won the first meeting, winning 37-34 in OT, and the Colts won the second meeting, winning 24-21. If the Chargers win today, Henry is expected to play next week according to multiple reports. The Los Angeles Chargers are as balanced of a team you're going to find and they actually play better on the road.

After holding Jackson to a starter-low 39 yards rushing in Week 16, the Chargers again corralled the quarterback, holding the speed demon to 54 yards rushing. Gordon also added 50 receptions for 490 yards and four touchdowns.

Melvin Gordon leads the Chargers backs with 175 carries for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns. Keenan Allen is a legit No. 1 threat in the passing game and finished with almost 1,200 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Henry returned to practice on December 17, opening a three-week window to be activated.

Of greater concern is their running back Melvin Gordon's health. Lamar Jackson has turned the Ravens franchise into a Super Bowl contender in less than two months. He also had 12 touchdowns and six interceptions.

The key to stopping the red-hot Ravens - a team tabbed by many to be ready-made for playoff success - is stopping Lamar Jackson and that now-vaunted run attack averaging a jaw-dropping 230 yards per game since the rookie QB took over starting duties from Joe Flacco in Week 11.

The 2018 first-round draft pick has gone 99 of 170 for 1,201 yards.

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