In Week 6, the Baltimore Ravens (4-1) will have their second consecutive home game. This time, they’ll be facing the Los Angeles Chargers (4-1).
NFL betting lines have the Ravens as 3-point favorites.
Let’s take a look at the potential winning margin of the Baltimore Ravens this week.
Ravens’ Comeback in Week 5
On Monday night’s game in Week 5, the Ravens hosted the Indianapolis Colts. At half-time, the Ravens trailed the Colts, 10-3.
It wasn’t until the second half that quarterback Lamar Jackson started showing a sense of urgency with the Ravens down by 19 points.
Jackson connected with Marquise Brown for a 43-yard touchdown pass at the end of the third quarter to start the epic comeback. After the two-point conversation failed, the Ravens were down 22-9.
That scoring drive came after Jackson had fumbled on the Ravens’ previous drive right at the Colts’ goal line. (The Colts then turned that mistake into six points.)
After the Ravens’ responded with a touchdown, the Colts kicked a field goal, making the score 25-9 with 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
In about two minutes, Jackson led the Ravens 78 yards, connecting with tight end Mark Andrews for a five-yard touchdown pass and a two-point conversion using the hurry-up offense.
With the Ravens within eight points (25-17), the special teams blocked a Colts’ field goal attempt on their next drive.
Lamar Jackson: Player of the Week
The Ravens had their chance to convert a costly turnover into a touchdown. Instead, Lamar Jackson had a third opportunity to lead his team downfield in a game that would eventually earn him the NFL’s Player of the Week.
Once again, Jackson ran a hurry-up offense, connecting with Andrews for a touchdown and the two-point conversion after just a few minutes. It had been an 11-play drive to tie the game, 25-25.
The Colts had about 40 seconds left, and they got to within field goal range. However, their kicker Rodrigo Blankenship missed from 47 yards (he’d also missed a previous extra point). That was the end of regulation.
In overtime, the Ravens scored first after Jackson ran the no-huddle offense for a third straight scoring series to win the game, 31-25.
Chargers vs. Ravens
The Ravens had a lot of trouble early on in the first half of Monday night’s game. This year, some of their other games were also close, including a game-winning field goal against the winless Detroit Lions back in Week 3.
Still, the Ravens have shown themselves to be capable of scoring a lot of points whenever necessary. And they are going to have to do just that when the Chargers come to town on Sunday.
The Baltimore Ravens are a solid three-point favorite at home, with the money line at -150. (No doubt, these lines should move a bit as Sunday draws near.)
How big will the winning margin be for the Ravens?
For starters, the Chargers’ defense gave up 42 points at home to the Cleveland Browns last week. With the over-under total at 51.5 for the Chargers vs. Ravens, there’s plenty of scoring expected here in Week 6.
Current sports betting odds for the Ravens’ 1-6 winning margin (including O/T) stand at +310. But I’m not convinced they can win this one.
Right now, the Chargers are one of the best teams in the NFL. And the Ravens haven’t faced a really good football team as of yet. They did beat the Kansas City Chiefs, but that was also a fourth-quarter comeback victory, and the Chiefs have struggled so far.
Unless Jackson runs a hurry-up offense for the entire game, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chargers walk out of Baltimore with a win.
Another Close Game for the Baltimore Ravens This Week?
Both the Los Angeles Chargers and the Baltimore Ravens are top teams in the AFC with 4-1 records. So it will undoubtedly make for an exciting matchup when they meet in Week 6.
So, what do you think? Can the Ravens pull off another victory at home?
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