Ravens look for redemption at San Diego

The Chargers are just 4-6. They've lost six of their last eight games. Their offense has been one of the NFL's worst at protecting the football and their defense has struggled against the pass.

But the Ravens remember what happened in San Diego last season.

Joe Flacco was tormented by the Chargers' pass rush, Philip Rivers carved up Baltimore's secondary and the Ravens suffered their most lopsided defeat in nearly three years.

The Ravens (8-2) travel to San Diego to face the Chargers Sunday.

"They embarrassed us last year," Baltimore safety Bernard Pollard said. "We've got to go play this year."

Rivers threw for 270 yards and a touchdown, completing 17 of his 23 pass attempts, in leading San Diego to its 34-14 victory against the Ravens last season.

He led the Chargers to touchdowns on four of their first five possessions as San Diego jumped out to a 31-7 lead by the midpoint of the third quarter.

Baltimore finished without a single sack of Rivers.

"Last year it wasn't that pleasant," Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "Before I could look up, it was 31-7. It was like raining touchdowns out there.

"He's a good quarterback. We definitely can't make it a seven-on-seven contest. We definitely have to play some better defense. We can't let him get real comfortable back there."

Rivers has struggled with turnovers this year - he has 14 interceptions and four lost fumbles - but Pollard noted that "he is probably one of the best quarterbacks in the National Football League when he's hot."

Rivers has thrown the 14 interceptions, but is throwing for an average of nearly 250 yards per game and has 17 touchdown passes.

He's thrown for at least 4,000 yards in four consecutive seasons. He also has four straight seasons with 27 touchdown passes or more.

Star wide receiver Vincent Jackson left during the offseason, but San Diego has no shortage of big, talented players on the outside even without the 6-foot-5 Jackson.

Three of the Chargers' top four receivers are 6-foot-2 or taller, including two - Malcom Floyd and Danario Alexander - that are both 6-foot-5.

Floyd has three touchdowns and leads San Diego in catches (43) and yards (639). His 12 catches of 20 yards or longer are tied for third-most in the AFC.

Floyd had five catches for 96 yards and a touchdown against Baltimore last season.

Alexander has 15 catches for 291 yards and three scores since signing with the Chargers in mid-October.

"They can still stretch the field," Pollard said. "Floyd is probably one of the best at stretching the field and out-jumping opponents, getting the ball in the air at its highest point. You look at Robert Meachem that they signed and then another guy from St. Louis that they signed [Alexander] who's doing really good. And then, [tight end Antonio] Gates is still doing what he do."

Gates is 32 years old, but is still regarded as one of the top players at his position in the AFC. He leads San Diego with four touchdown catches.

"We're facing a physical team and a competitive quarterback that loves throwing the ball down field," Pollard said.

San Diego's defense, meanwhile, limited the Ravens to just seven points last year prior to a late scoring pass.

"It was a tough game out there," Baltimore wide receiver Torrey Smith said, "but it's a completely different team and we just need to go out there and play our game. ... We went out there and didn't play our game too well last year. We've got to go out there, play our game and try our best to execute."

The Chargers have struggled some against the pass this season, but they're ranked eighth in the NFL in total defense and third against the run.

"Really, we don't look at the record," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We don't really care because it doesn't really mean anything for this game. ... The things that are going to play into factors for this game are going to be things that they can do well.

"So, you look at what they are capable of accomplishing. For the most part, [the problem] has been turnovers on offense for them. I'm sure they feel if they can clean that up they can play really well."

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