As expected, with their playoff life on the line, the Chargers are giving the Ravens all they could ask for tonight. And then some.
The Ravens have not looked sharp in San Diego tonight, and they go into the break down 10 and with the Chargers set to receive the kickoff at the start of the third quarter.
Here are a few quick-hit notes on the first 30 minutes of play:
- The Ravens might lead the league in sacks, but their pass rush has been non-existent tonight. If Philip Rivers continues to have time to sit back, work through his progressions and distribute the ball to his tall, athletic receivers, the Ravens could be in lots of trouble.
- While Lardarius Webb is active and playing in nickel situations despite a toe injury, the Ravens are going with Jimmy Smith as one of their starting corners tonight. And Smith has had a rough go of it in his first legitimate NFL action on the defensive side of the ball. The Chargers are going right at the rookie, and they've already burned him on a few occasions. Cary Williams hasn't been much better on the other side for Baltimore.
- By the way, the Ravens really miss Webb when he's not out there. He's been fantastic this season.
- Boy, Jared Gaither has been really impressive tonight. Really makes you wish he could've kept it together here in Baltimore and locked down the left tackle spot for the next decade.
- Why did John Harbaugh not call a timeout late in the half with the Chargers knocking on the door? If he uses one with just under a minute left, the Ravens get a shot at another possession after San Diego scores. Instead, they had just 19 seconds to work with.
- What's the deal with Billy Cundiff? He misses a 36-yard field goal wide right (all but one of his misses this year have been wide to the right), leaving you to think his left calf injury is bothering him. Then, he goes out and crushes a kickoff nine-yards deep. Cundiff needs to be more consistent if the Ravens hope to make a run at a Lombardi Trophy.
- The Ravens are 1-2 when trailing at the half this season.