Ravens Beat Chargers 22-10

Knee-Jerk Reactions Ravens Beat Chargers 22-10

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The Ravens beat the Los Angeles Chargers, 22-10 to keep their playoff hopes alive. RSR staff react to the win here…

Derek Arnold

NOBODY WANTS IT.

I thought the Ravens would pull off a win, but I did not expect a defensively dominant performance like the one we saw tonight. Wow.

Peanut Onwuasor, Tony Jefferson, Tavon Young, Za’Darius Smith, Marlon Humphrey…how do you even begin to choose a defensive MVP? Philip Rivers’ first AND last passes were picked. Way to be on the ball, defense!

On offense, the Ravens squandered several opportunities throughout the game, but they did just enough, including a gorgeous teardrop pass from Lamar Jackson to Mark Andrews for a touchdown, to get the win. Marty drove me a little crazy with his calling of five passes out of the team’s final nine (important) offensive plays, but I’ll forgive him thanks to the end result.

No AFC team wants to see the Baltimore Ravens this January. Book it.

Ryan Jones

I have been John Harbaugh’s biggest critic but it’s hard not to be happy for him. This was clearly an emotional win for him and the team and was as dominant a defensive effort as you will ever see. The Ravens still need to handle business next week against an up and coming Browns team that will like nothing more than to keep them from the playoffs.

Enjoy this one tonight though Ravens Nation, an incredible win.

John Darcey

This whole game can be summed up pretty easily. Big props to the defense. They played a perfect game. Great game plan by Wink, great plays were made by this defense and Marlon Humphrey, wow, we are watching greatness evolve right in front of us.

What is even more impressive is the Chargers’ only TD came off the fumble. The Chargers mustered no true offensive rhythm against this defense. Lamar made an absolutely beautiful throw to Mark Andrews for a TD – really would love to see more of that. He played a great second half.

I still think LJ takes way too many hits, and wish that would be cut back.

Well, next week is huge. The Browns are no pushovers. A win and your in the playoffs.

A loss means another January on the couch. Really pumped for next Sunday.

Brandon Portney

I’ll keep this short and very sweet. The Ravens defense is very very good. They held the Chargers to 198 yards and 10 points (7 of which came on a short field). BUT the Ravens defense forcing turnovers is downright unfair and terrifying to potential playoff matchups.

The offense wasn’t great but, against the 9th ranked rushing defense, the Ravens ran for 159 yards.

They can shut down anyone. They can run on anyone.

THEY CAN PLAY WITH ANYONE.

Now, let’s go Saints!

Carey Stevenson

I was strangely confident about this one coming in and the Ravens stepped up and put the clamps on a very good Charger offense.

The passing offense is still problematic but the identity and purpose of this team is tough to ignore.

Now we all turn into Saints fans tomorrow.

Chad Racine

Chargers are the best team in the AFC? Sure about that? I think every team is now officially scared to face the Ravens in the playoffs.

The Chargers put up a valiant effort, but the Ravens have a formula currently that is extremely hard to deal with. One more win next week to close it out and enter the playoffs.

Merry Christmas to all of us Ravens fans. It feels great after the last few years.

Nick Capecci

Eric Weddle was right. These aren’t the same old Ravens. They are winning in ways that the NFL doesn’t want them too. The NFL in its effort to score points and limit injury, has prevented great defensive play from teams. It is a matter of the highest number of possessions win by the nature of scoring more.

The Ravens are throwing that narrative away. By running the ball and taking time off the clock and reducing the number of possessions other teams have, they win by also keeping their defense fresh by limiting their snap count.

It isn’t always pretty, but a win is a win. Who knows if this is sustainable, and who knows if this will win in the playoffs?

All we did tonight was show that teams should fear Baltimore. This team looks very similar to the 2013 49ers (i am sure someone has beaten me to this comparison because of Greg Roman), but it works. That team scared everyone, as should this team.

Todd Karpovich

It was a massive win by the Ravens on the road. The Ravens put together a blue-print performance that could beat any team in the league if executed properly — effective ball control and solid defense.

Lamar Jackson did an effective job managing the offense. He was 12 of 22 for 204 yards with a 68-yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews. He has to do a better job avoiding fumbles. Jackson improved to 5-1 as the starter.

Don Martindale had the defense flying around and playing at a high level. Brandon Carr set the tone with an interception on the game’s first possession. Philip Rivers was held to a 51.7 passer rating.

The Ravens now put themselves in position for a home playoff home. Who thought that was possible a month ago?

 

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