Blame the time difference if you want, but both the Ravens and Chargers are off to slow starts offensively this afternoon in San Diego.
After one quarter, neither team has put up a single point, so it’s 0-0 heading to the second.
The Ravens’ defense has performed exceptionally, holding the Chargers to just 30 yards and one first down. Baltimore has also brought the pressure, already sacking Phillip Rivers twice.
The Ravens’ offense hasn’t fared well, however, ending the quarter with 66 yards. The unit threatened to put up three points on its final possession of the stanza, but was pushed out of field goal range on a sack.
One piece of good news for Ravens fans is already in the books - the Steelers suffered a 20-14 loss at the Browns this afternoon. So if Baltimore can pull out a victory today and beat Pittsburgh next week, all that will stand between the Ravens and a division title is one loss by the Bengals.
The division could be wrapped up as early as next Sunday - as long as the Ravens hold up their end of the deal with a win today.
Update: The Chargers’ offense broke through for the game’s first score on its first drive of the second quarter, taking a 7-0 lead.
Primarily using the pass, Rivers engineered a nine-play, 78-yard drive that was capped by a 21-yard touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd.
Rivers went 4-for-6 for 72 yards and a score on that possession.
Update II: Former Maryland kicker Nick Novak’s 47-yard field goal has increased the San Diego lead to 10-0 in the second quarter.
The Ravens are now being outgained 161-69.