Los Angeles Chargers vs. Baltimore Ravens Matchup Preview (10/17/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Baltimore Ravens Matchup Preview (10/17/21)

Do you ever take a look at the morning slate and wonder, “How did they not have the foresight to put this in primetime?” That’s exactly what we’re looking at with the 1:00 PM ET matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Baltimore Ravens. Instead, we get the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. But I digress. Both the Los Angeles Rams and Baltimore Ravens are coming off big wins. The Chargers took the Cleveland Browns down to the wire last Sunday in a 47-42 barn burner. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens mounted an incredible comeback against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football, erasing a 25-9 deficit to finish with a 31-25 victory in overtime.

The two teams have serious MVP candidates under center, with QB Justin Herbert of the Chargers and Lamar Jackson of the Ravens, who won the award handily in 2019. The two will likely trade blows all afternoon, and it very well could come down to the wire, which is becoming familiar for both squads. With the amped-up Chargers traveling to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the Ravens, let’s take a look at what you should expect.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Odds

In case it isn’t clear throughout this preview, I’m excited about this game. Both teams are coming off major comeback wins and know how to put on a show. But who comes out victorious? It’s not easy to say, but I’ve got to go with the Chargers here. They’ve put together some convincing wins this year, especially their 28-14 smackdown of the Las Vegas Raiders. I believe this team is just built better from top to bottom, even if they could use a little push on defense. 

Expect the ball to move a lot this Sunday. Justin Herbert’s going to pick on this Ravens pass defense, and it’s going to force the Ravens to air it out once more. Like many games with the Baltimore Ravens this season, the winner is going to be determined by the last team with the ball in their hands. However, while they’ve had some success in that fashion earlier in the season, it’s not going to work out this week. The Chargers get a major upset on the road as the Ravens finally see their luck run out. 

My predictions: Chargers win 30-27, Chargers moneyline, over 51.5 points

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TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, September 17
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, MD
TV Coverage: CBS

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Baltimore Ravens Live Stream

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Injuries

Los Angeles Chargers: G Oday Aboushi (knee) IR, RB Justin Jackson (groin) Q

Baltimore Ravens: WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) Q, G Be Cleveland (knee) IR, T Ronnie Staley (ankle) Q, S Geno Stone (thigh) Q, S DeShon Elliott (quad) Q, G Kevin Zeitler (knee) Q, WR Rashod Bateman (groin) IR, G Tyre Phillips (knee) IR

Los Angeles Chargers Analysis

You’ve got to love this Chargers offense right now. Even having talented offensive pieces like RB LaDainian Tomlinson and QBs Drew Brees and Philip Rivers in the past two decades, this 2021 squad seems especially explosive. Justin Herbert isn’t just picking up right where he left off from last year, he’s taking the next big step. The past three weeks, Herbert has tossed for 901 yards and 11 TDs without a single pick. Defenses are going to have a tough time against Herbert and company all season.

RB Austin Ekeler and WRs Mike Williams and Keenan Allen have been essential in this offensive success. Williams is leading the charge with 471 yards and seven scores. Meanwhile, Ekeler has found plenty of big gains on the ground, with 349 yards and four TDs to go with a 5.2 average. Tight end Jared Cook hasn’t been slacking either, with 17 catches for 210 yards and a score. 

Considering the success he had with the Rams, I want to see more from head coach Brandon Staley’s defense. The team is allowing 371.8 yards per game, and it’s going to start costing them big if they don’t make the right adjustments. The Chargers need to utilize LB Joey Bosa more efficiently. The talented defensive playmaker has only 2.5 sacks this year, and the team could use more, especially this week against another talented passer.

Los Angeles Chargers Depth Chart

QB: Justin Herbert
RB1: Austin Ekeler
RB2: Larry Roundtree III
WR1: Mike Williams
WR2: Jalen Guyton
WR3: Keenan Allen
TE1: Jared Cook

Baltimore Ravens Analysis

The Ravens have undoubtedly given some sports bettors near-heart attacks throughout the year. Every game has been within one score outside of the 23-7 wallop of the Denver Broncos. Other than that, we’ve seen a comeback loss against the Las Vegas Raiders coupled with comeback wins against the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, and Indianapolis Colts. Say what you want, but this Ravens squad keeps things interesting.

I’ve said before that QB Lamar Jackson is often putting this team on his shoulders, and it’s tough to dispute that given some of his performances. In the comeback win against the Colts, Jackson passed for 442 yards and four TDs, totaling “only” 62 yards on the ground. The only criticism is that he needs to hold onto the ball more efficiently, especially close to the goal line. 

This defense needs to perform better. The unit that was one of the team’s strengths last year has become a weakness, allowing 389.6 yards per game and some major plays, such as Colts RB Jonathan Taylor’s 76-yard TD reception to start the game. When you’re looking to face the offenses of the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, and Cleveland Browns in the playoffs, you can’t allow that many big plays. Once again, the team is learning how much better life was with a healthy Marcus Peters on the field.

Baltimore Ravens Depth Chart

QB: Lamar Jackson
RB1: Latvius Murray
RB2: Tyson Williams
WR1: Marqise Brown
WR2: Sammy Watkins
WR3: Rashod Bateman
TE1: Mark Andrews

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Baltimore Ravens Daily Fantasy Picks

The Ravens should be thanking their lucky stars they have tight end Mark Andrews on the roster. The talented pass catcher was a major X-factor on Monday Night Football, recording eleven catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Not only that, he totaled two “octopuses” on the night, catching both the touchdown and following two-point conversion. He’s only the second player in the NFL to achieve such a feat, so there’s your water cooler fact for the day. 

With the Ravens needing every bit of offense to win this week, I’m expecting Andrews to have another big day. The tight end is actually listed at a cheaper price than I expected. He’s currently $5,200 on DraftKings, an entire $1,400 less expensive than Raiders TE Darren Waller despite averaging more fantasy points. Add Andrews to your offensive arsenal this week and expect some major fireworks this Sunday. 

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Anthony Elio is a professional writer based in Denver, CO. While he’s written about everything from video games to couponing in the past, he’s set his sights on sports betting. He also plays drums in the Denver rock band Television Generation.

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