The Baltimore Ravens have struggled to beat teams with losing records on the road this season and continued that trend as they lost 34-14 to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night in what was one of their worst performances of the season.
As good as the Ravens defense has been this season, not many people were expecting them to get beaten as bad as they did by the Chargers. The Chargers actually set a couple records against the Ravens defense. No team had ever scored on their first five possessions against a Ravens defense—ever—and that was the first time all season where the Ravens defense allowed a touchdown on the opening drive.
The Ravens actually started the game with a positive drive into Chargers territory, but after a Billy Cundiff missed field goal, the Chargers would drive down and score their first touchdown of the game.
After that score, the Ravens managed their own scoring drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass by Joe Flacco to Ed Dickson, but after that drive, the Chargers completely took over the game. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers seemed to pass at will, his receivers were routinely beating the Ravens' defenders in coverage, and the Chargers were able to put up 27 unanswered points.
The Chargers were hot. There’s no doubt about that, but the fact that this game was so one-sided is very surprising to say the least. There were many people who thought the Chargers would give the Ravens trouble, but given the Ravens strong play recently—especially on defense—most people would have at least predicted a close game.
This was probably one of the most revealing games that the Ravens have played this season, and as always, we learn more about the Ravens—whether they win or lose.
Let’s take a look at what we learned about the Ravens after their 34-14 loss to the Chargers.