Ravens vs. Chargers: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info, Game Time and More

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Ravens vs. Chargers: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info, Game Time and More
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 The Baltimore Ravens (8-2) survived their first clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers and they’ve been handsomely rewarded with a trip to San Diego.

The Ravens have suffered offensive lapses the last few weeks, going from blowing out the Oakland Raiders to managing only 16 points against the Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger inactive. An inconsistent Chargers defense could be the best medicine for Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith and company.

The San Diego Chargers likely have their 2012 playoff hopes hanging in the balance, with Norv Turner’s job likely in jeopardy along with it. Quarterback Philip Rivers' inconsistencies highlight this team’s woes, as they haven’t been able to replace Vincent Jackson and Darren Sproles’ impact.

Bleacher Report's Aaron Nagler calls San Diego's situation "a hot mess" as he highlights the hot seats of Turner and Rivers.

It’s desperation time in San Diego. Scroll down for all the information you need for Sunday.

 

Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA

When: Sunday, Nov. 25 at 4:05 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket

Jeff Gross/Getty Images

 

Betting Line: Ravens (–1), Over/Under: 47 (Vegas Insider)

This AFC matchup is essentially a pick 'em, with the line initially opening in San Diego’s favor by one.

The Chargers covered a 7.5 spread last week by a half-point against Denver, while the Ravens pushed in most oddsmakers books with a three-point win over Pittsburgh. 

 

Key Injuries (via CBS Sports as of 11/20/2012)

Ravens

NT

Terrence Cody

ARM

QUESTIONABLE

WR

Jacoby Jones

ANKLE

PROBABLE

DT

Haloti Ngata

SHOULDER

PROBABLE

TE

Dennis Pitta

Concussion


S

Bernard Pollard

CHEST

PROBABLE

S

Ed Reed

SHOULDER, LEG, NECK

PROBABLE

RB

Ray Rice

TOE

PROBABLE

CB

Jimmy Smith

ABDOMEN

OUT

WR

Torrey Smith

CHEST

PROBABLE

LB

Terrell Suggs

ANKLE

PROBABLE

LB

Courtney Upshaw

SHOULDER

PROBABLE

G

Bobbie Williams

ANKLE

PROBABLE

G

Marshal Yanda

ANKLE

PROBABLE





 

Chargers

S

Atari Bigby

QUADRICEPS

PROBABLE

CB

Chris Carr

KNEE

PROBABLE

DT

Aubrayo Franklin

KNEE

OUT

T

Jared Gaither

GROIN

DOUBTFUL

LB

Melvin Ingram

KNEE

PROBABLE

RB

Ryan Mathews

NECK

QUESTIONABLE

TE

Dante Rosario

HAMSTRING

QUESTIONABLE

P

Mike Scifres

ANKLE

PROBABLE

S

Eric Weddle

KNEE, ILLNESS

PROBABLE

 

Can the Chargers Still Make the Playoffs?

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What They’re Saying

Ed Reed’s eligibility for this game served as the week’s early speculation. Reed had been suspended for one game for his supposed “third strike” with helmet-to-helmet hits. His absence would be a crushing blow to the Ravens' defense, which will already play shorthanded without Ray Lewis and Ladarius Webb.

The perennial Pro-Bowl safety appealed the suspension and got it reduced to a $50,000 fine, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports from a state of shock:

It seems Chargers fans aren’t very excited about the team’s season or the Ravens coming to town. How this team has played in big games, I can’t blame them (h/t Charger's Official Twitter)

They will not be able to watch, unless the Chargers' organization buys out over 10,000 seats available for Sunday’s game.

 

Fantasy Plays

Ravens: Ray Rice, RB

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For those fantasy owners that have been discouraged by Rice’s recent play, ride your horse.

Baltimore will need Rice to play an integral part in their offense if they want to go deep into the AFC postseason.

That starts in San Diego.

The Chargers' rush defense is surprisingly stout, considering they are 13th in total points allowed. That’s why the Ravens must employ Rice in the passing game as well, to keep the San Diego defense on their toes.

Making Rice a dual-threat will open up the offense and force San Diego to account for the star tailback at all times.

If this game turns into a shootout of sorts, look for Rice to have a big part.

 

Chargers: Danario Alexander, WR

Watch Alexander make a beautiful touchdown catch against Denver

How can you not be intrigued by Philip Rivers' 6’3” target? Alexander has emerged as a viable red-zone threat for this San Diego offense that has struggled dramatically in that area.

Rivers has built a reputation on throwing passes up for grabs, but he finally has a teammate who can go up and grab it. He looks like a young, sprier Vincent Jackson and he very well could be.

Look for this Rivers-to-Alexander connection to continue building their rapport against the Ravens' defense.

 

Key Matchup: Philip Rivers and the Chargers' Offensive Line vs. Baltimore Pass Rush

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For the Chargers to have a fighting chance in this matchup, Rivers will need enough time in the pocket to pick apart the banged-up Baltimore secondary.

When Rivers has to escape the pocket, he becomes one of the worst decision-makers at the quarterback position. His ghastly interceptions have become footage for countless NFL Films blooper reels.

The Ravens' platoon of pass-rushers could swing the game in their favor by forcing Rivers out of the pocket. If Haloti Ngata and Co. can put a similar number of hits on Rivers as they did Byron Leftwich, they’ll turn it into a turnover party.

 

Prediction

Somehow, I can’t get the memory of what happened between these two teams in 2011 out of my head.

Who Will Win?

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The Chargers went into Baltimore with their season going down the tubes, and played their best game of the season against a healthy Ravens defense. Now, the Chargers may not be much better, but the Ravens are not much either—they were 10-3 at that point in the 2011 season.

That’s why I see the Chargers pulling déjà vu on the Ravens. Baltimore just isn’t a good matchup for this San Diego team, and they have to travel cross-country after the Steelers game.

The Chargers sneak out a victory at home.

Chargers 28 Ravens 27


Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. He enjoys giving fantasy advice and the NFL Red Zone. Follow him on Twitter @TheRealShiek

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