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- Alright, folks. The NFL playoffs are here, and I'm kicking the things off with Chargers-Ravens.
- I breakdown what to expect in this rematch of Baltimore's Week 16 win in Los Angeles and make my pick.
Betting Odds: Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
- Spread: Ravens -3
- Over/Under: 41.5
- Time: Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET
- TV: CBS
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There are two types of rematches in the NFL. We know them well.
Divisional teams meet twice a season and could meet for a third time in the playoffs, like the Colts and Texans. These teams know one another well. There’s no “surprising” the other with massive scheme adjustments. There can be slight adjustments, but it’s mostly lining up and beating the man in front of you.
The second type of rematch is what we’ll see in Baltimore: Non-divisional rematches.
With NFL scheduling, teams could go up to four seasons without seeing a non-divisional opponent. For example, the Ravens and Chargers met four times in five seasons between 2011 and 2015, then didn’t meet again until a few weeks ago. So even though these teams are in the same conference, they usually aren’t very familiar with one another until, of course, they play.
When non-divisional teams meet in a rematch, like the Ravens and Chargers will do on Sunday, I tend to favor the loser of the previous matchup for many reasons.