Scouting report

November 15, 1998|By Mike Preston

Ravens run offense vs. Chargers run defense

The Ravens get another tough test in San Diego, which has the league's No. 1 run defense, allowing 68.4 yards a game. The Ravens need big games from right guard Jeff Blackshear, who will play against the Chargers' best lineman in tackle Norman Hand, and right offensive tackle Orlando Brown, who faces end Marco Coleman. - EDGE -- CHARGERS

Ravens pass offense vs. Chargers pass defense

Receivers Michael Jackson and Jermaine Lewis match up well with cornerbacks Charles Dimry and Terrance Shaw, but it's tight end Eric Green who gives the Ravens an edge. The key, though, is that San Diego plays the run so well and has been successful with blitzes in passing situations. Left tackle Jonathan Ogden will neutralize the pass rush of end Raylee Johnson, but Junior Seau will cause problems because he moves around so much. - Edge -- EVEN

Chargers run offense vs. Ravens run defense

Natrone Means has played well, but he is not the type of runner that gives the Ravens problems. Means is a straight-ahead power back, and the Ravens have a tough time with cutback guys like Eddie George. Tackles Tony Siragusa and James Jones should be able to penetrate and will overpower guards Kendyl Jacox and Aaron Taylor. - Edge -- RAVENS

Chargers pass offense vs. Ravens pass defense

The Chargers have no pass offense because they have no quarterback. San Diego is ranked No. 29 in passing and doesn't have a go-to receiver. Who are Bryan Still and Mikhael Ricks? The Chargers will try to exploit the Ravens through the big play. They'll go to maximum protection to handle the blitz and then try to drop a long one on rookie cornerback Duane Starks. - Edge -- RAVENS

Special teams

The Ravens have better kickoff and punt teams and better cover units. But if this game comes down to a final field goal, the Chargers' John Carney has been more reliable than Matt Stover, converting on 16 of 18 attempts, including seven of eight from the 40- to 49-yard range. Stover is 12-for-16, but only 5-for-11 the 40- to 49-yard line. - Edge -- RAVENS

Key matchup

Ravens' interior offensive line and fullback Roosevelt Potts vs. Seau. Seau is the heart and soul of the Chargers' defense and he will penetrate hard, mainly from the middle. The Ravens must be aware of him and at least get in chip blocks to slow him down. When Potts is the lone back, he'll have to pick up Seau on the blitz. - Edge -- CHARGERS


The Chargers are at home, and this team wants to prove that its major problem was rookie quarterback Ryan Leaf. The Ravens begin a three-game stretch that includes the Chargers, Bengals and Colts. Three wins and the Ravens climb to .500. It's nice to dream. - Edge -- EVEN


If you thought the Ravens-Raiders game was ugly, wait till you get a load of this. Ravens 13, Chargers 10.- Edge -- RAVENS

Keys to a Ravens victory

1. Stop running back Natrone Means and make inexperienced quarterback Craig Whelihan beat them with his arm.

2. Control the Chargers' defensive line and don't get forced into predictable situations on offense.

3. Cut down on offensive mistakes, because this game is going to be a defensive struggle.

Pub Date: 11/15/98


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