Chargers have issues protecting the football

One of the factors of the San Diego Chargers limping into Sunday’s contest against the Ravens with a 4-6 record is the hosts’ inability to protect the football.

The Chargers have turned the ball over 22 times this season, which is tied with the New York Jets for the fourth-worst mark in the NFL. Only the Kansas City Chiefs (31 turnovers), Philadelphia Eagles (24) and Dallas Cowboys (23) have more turnovers.

That would seem to play to the strength of the Ravens, who rank sixth in the league in takeaways with 21. But outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said he’s not expecting San Diego to gift-wrap Sunday’s game.

“Like I said, every team plays every team different,” he said. “Like I said, just because they did that before doesn’t mean it’s going to happen this week. You still have to play the game. No football game in history is ever won on paper. Yeah, we definitely are going to play football, but we’re expecting a fight, pretty much the same way they gave it to us last year.”

The number of turnovers committed by San Diego didn’t escape Ravens coach John Harbaugh’s attention, but he seemed to agree with Suggs’ sentiment.

“For the most part, it has been turnovers on offense for them,” Harbaugh said. “I’m sure they feel if they can clean that up they can play really well. So, we’ve got to take that into account.”

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