The Baltimore Ravens will be hoping Lamar Jackson’s legs can help them overcome Philip Rivers’ arm. The Ravens face the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC Wildcard playoffs. The game will be played on Sunday, January 6 at M&T Bank Stadium. Also, it is scheduled to begin at 1:05 PM. ET. Next, Chargers at Ravens NFL playoff betting.
Los Angeles Chargers Betting Analysis:
The Chargers won 12 games this season but have to hit the road for the playoffs thanks to the Kansas City Chiefs winning the AFC West. The team will try to take its frustrations out on the Ravens, but they will need to find an answer for Jackson, who had one of his best games of the season against the Chargers.
Philip Rivers is coming off one of his best seasons as a pro, completing 68 percent of his passes for 4,308 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He threw two interceptions and zero touchdowns in the first meeting. Rivers will need to play better to give his team a chance to win.
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The Chargers will also need to do a better job running the ball. This after finishing with 51 rushing yards in their loss to the Ravens. Can it be done?
Baltimore Ravens Betting Analysis:
The Ravens managed to turn their season around with rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson taking over the starting role, going 6-1 in the games he started this season. Their defense also came up big for them this season. Can the Ravens rely on their D again?
Furthermore, head coach John Harbaugh, who won a Super Bowl with a team that featured Hall of Famers Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, called this team the best he has ever coached. They will need to prove their head coach right with a win over the Chargers on Sunday. Updated playoff betting odds can be viewed here. Current sportsbooks believe the Chiefs will make it to Super Bowl 53. What do you think?
Therefore, Jackson’s passing is still a work in progress. However, he did well against the Chargers in their previous meeting, completing 12 of 22 passes for 204 yards and one touchdown. If he can put up similar numbers on Sunday, the Ravens will have a chance to get the win.
The Ravens are favored to win the game by 2.5 points. The over/under on total points scored is 41.5. This will be a low scoring game.
In conclusion, Baltimore’s offense hasn’t been very effective. However, the team has played well defensively and should be able to keep Rivers in check again on Sunday. Take the Ravens -2.5 and the under.
That concludes this NFL playoff betting odds preview.