A closer look at the Patriots' first playoff opponent: The Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers star running back Melvin Gordon shared the video he secretly recorded while the driver was praising the Baltimore Ravens and ripping on the Chargers.

Joe Flacco, left, has likely played his last game with the Baltimore Ravens after 11 seasons.

However, the Chargers are still coming in with a savvy veteran at quarterback in Phillip Rivers.

The Ravens defense will apply pressure, but the experienced Rivers will get rid of the ball more quickly and find the end zone.

The Chargers will hope to avoid being memed next week when they visit Foxborough to play the New England Patriots in the divisional round.

Out of the four games this weekend, this one intrigues me the most.

This will likely be another close and low-scoring game; look no further than the three-point spread and the 42-point over/under. And this time around the Chargers defense has a game's worth of experience facing the Ravens attack.

That is especially true given that they finished the season winning nine of their last 10 games. This includes the 2018 meeting, as the Ravens won 22-10 over the Chargers on December 22nd, 2018.

Though the home advantage may not mean all that much for LA given how often their "home" games have seen fans of visiting teams outnumber Bolts backers since they skulked from San Diego to Carson City two years ago. The Chargers averaged 384.3 yards per game over the course of the regular season and are a force to be reckoned with on offense. I am happily surprised that the Eagles are in the playoffs again but mainly for the irony of it all. However, he did show potential in the fourth quarter, as he attempted an improbable comeback and drove the Ravens down the field multiple times.

Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens are having one of the worst offensive performances in recent National Football League postseason history today. Tight End Hunter Henry has missed the entire season after suffering a torn ACL in May.

For the Chargers to find success the second time around against the Ravens, Rivers will have to get a healthier Keenan Allen involved, make big plays down field and, most importantly, stay upright.

  • Steve Townsend