Los Angeles is averaging 255.6 yards passing per game. In the Ravens 22-10 win on Dec. 22, the Ravens held the Chargers to 147 yards of passing, slowing receivers Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Mike Williams.
The Chargers weren’t happy after that game and they’ll be an angry bunch Sunday. The Ravens need to get well and solidify their secondary quickly.
Allen has 97 catches for 1,196 yards. Tyrell Williams has 41 catches for 653 yards, and Mike Williams has 43 for 664 yards.
“Confident, confident, confident,” said Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey. “The secondary didn’t play our best ball, especially me. We saw some looks we haven’t seen before, so there are some things we can fix. We can build off our mistakes and make them better for the next game.”
“They definitely were coming at me. My man was open a lot. Baker was finding my man,” said Humphrey. “I don’t really take that as a personal challenge. I just try to do my job. Sometimes you just have bad games. Every time you line back up, no matter how bad you’ve done, you have to treat every play as its own. Try to play your game, that’s the key.”
Humphrey will bounce back. He is big, physical and can run with any receiver. His major problem is that sometimes he loses concentration and those lapses cost him. If he wants to take his game to the next level, he has to focus full time.
But it wasn’t just Humphrey. There were times where cornerbacks expected help over top from the safeties and didn’t get it. There were times when safeties were caught out of position.
Ravens defensive tackles Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce pounded the Chargers guards inside and didn’t allow Rivers to step up in the pocket. Mayfield moved well against the Ravens and got outside several times to throw and make big plays.
Rivers can’t do that.
But Chargers receivers certainly won’t allow the Ravens to bully them around like last time. The Ravens challenged and pressed them physically at the line of scrimmage. Because of the jams, they didn’t allow the Chargers to complete those quick passes that Rivers likes to throw.