Ravens-Chargers: East Coast Teams Fall Flat In San Diego

Ian PhilipAnalyst IIISeptember 18, 2009

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 04:  Linebackers Shawne Merriman #56 and Shaun Phillips #95 of the San Diego Chargers joke on the sidelines during the game with the San Francisco 49ers on September 4, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 26-7.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Baltimore Ravens fans, writers, players, and cronies all believe that the Ravens "should" go into to San Diego and beat the Chargers.

Are you serious?

I know that the Chargers struggled to beat Oakland (whose defense is much better than you think), but seriously, why does no one look at history?

Teams that fly from the Northeastern part of the United States have very little success in San Diego in recent years.



Chargers 30, New England Patriots (No Tom Brady) 10

Chargers 48, New York Jets 29


Chargers 32, Baltimore Ravens 14


Chargers 23, Pittsburgh Steelers 13

The Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers were the last Northeastern team to win in San Diego, which happened in 2005 on a last second field goal.

In the same season however, the Buffalo Bills were drilled 48-10 by the Chargers, while the New York Giants were engulfed 45-23. 

Chargers blowouts of East Coast teams caused the NFL to change the rules to protect the East Coast teams from having to travel the the West Coast too often. Not surprisingly, the NFL made no such concession for West Coast teams.

Make no mistake. Had San Diego not embarrassed the New York Jets and New England Patriots (and those teams didn't even compete) on national television last season, there would have been no rule change.

The Ravens, playing at home, against a backup quarterback in a new offensive system (with no offensive coordinator-he was fired) barely won their battle with the Chiefs

Somehow, the score in that game was 24-24 with less than five minutes to play.

Flacco, up against the worst pass rushing team in NFL history, led the Ravens to the go ahead touchdown via the air. Meanwhile, Chiefs backup quarterback Brodie Croyle fumbled inside his own 20 to hand Baltimore another garbage touchdown to seal the game.

Folks, that is what you call lipstick on a pig.

You're supposed to dominate an inferior team at home. You should find a way to beat an equal team at home, and you should give a superior team a good battle and maybe even win if they come to your house.

Don't get swept away in a wave of euphoria just yet. Look at the history of the 2006 Chargers. They were a team we know was good, but got beat by two road opponents that had no business beating them. 

The Chargers had beaten the dreadful Oakland Raiders and terrible Tennessee Titans a combined 67-7 and then traveled to playoff-bound Baltimore and got beat at the buzzer 16-13 after completely dominating on the stat sheet.

After running roughshod over the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers a combined 72-32, they were once again beaten at the last second by a playoff bound team. The Kansas City Chiefs won in Kansas City 30-27.

You can't expect to go into a good team's house and roll or you may be rolled yourself.

It's for good reason that the odds-makers weren't stupid enough to make Baltimore the favorites in this one folks.