It's not chock-full of playoff implications like last year's game was (or this year's was expected to be), but the Ravens host the San Diego Chargers again Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Here are five stats that stand out entering the game, including notes on Philip Rivers, the lack of turnovers forced by the Ravens, and their trouble getting off the field.
113.5 – Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers' 113.5 quarterback rating in his last trip to Baltimore, buoyed by a 75.3 percent completion rate, 383 yards and three touchdowns, was just his third-best career performance against the Ravens. He's torched the secondary several times before, including for 436 yards and two touchdowns in 2009, and his 11 career touchdowns against the Ravens are tied for the most he has against any non-AFC West team. At a time when the Ravens haven't given opposing quarterbacks much trouble, this isn't the one you want to see coming into town.
13 – Through the first seven weeks of the season, the Ravens have forced just 13 three-and-outs on 80 opponent drives, a 16.3 percent rate. That's fourth-worst in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders. It doesn't always matter whether you get them off the field without a first down, but the Ravens defense has a penchant for giving up long drives, too. The first set of downs sometimes proves to be the most important. In this case, they've seemingly come up short this year.
48 – In their last 48 defensive series, not counting end-of-half or end-of-game situations, the Ravens defense hasn't forced a turnover. There's not a lot of analysis required there — for a unit that came into the season talking about how aggressive it would be, and touting how turnovers would be a priority, they certainly haven't gotten many. From dropped interceptions to a lack of fumble-forcing hits, this is one of the easiest ways to shorten their drives and get the defense off the field. It just hasn't happened recently.
25 – On one out of every four rushing attempts (25 percent), the Ravens have either lost yards or run for no gain. Just four teams in the NFL have a worse rate than that, and it cropped up again Monday against the Cardinals. On six of 16 rushing attempts Monday, the Ravens didn't gain a yard. That's a holistic issue, but those types of runs are typically on the line. There could have been more if not for running back Justin Forsett's shifty play. More than ever before, the Ravens running game isn't even getting off the ground.
8 – Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil has eight of his 92.5 career sacks against the San Diego Chargers, although he didn't register one last year against the quick-strike offense Rivers ran at M&T Bank Stadium. But against a makeshift offensive line that won't have much of a run-game threat, Dumervil needs to build on that total to give the Ravens a chance Sunday. He's a multi-sack game machine against the Chargers, with three two-sack games in 10 tries against them. Dumervil was close a bunch against the Cardinals. If he keeps that up Sunday, he's bound to get there eventually.