Chargers-Ravens Betting Preview: Will L.A. Be Better Prepared in The Rematch?
USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Philip Rivers (17), Lamar Jackson (8).
NFL Playoffs Betting Odds: Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
- Spread: Ravens -3
- Over/Under: 41.5
- Time: Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET
- TV channel: CBS
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With more than 70% of spread bets, the Chargers are the most popular team of the weekend. It appears to be mostly public bets, though, as the line hasn’t moved nearly as much as it has for the other trendy dogs.
Wind could potentially be a factor in this game. The forecast is currently calling for 14 mph winds blowing across the field, but temperature and precipitation should not impact anything.
The Ravens are pretty well set up for windy games, as Lamar Jackson doesn’t air out passes too often, while Justin Tucker is perhaps the best kicker in the league. — Gallant
Trends to Know
The Chargers will play their seventh playoff game as a franchise in an early time slot (1:30 p.m. ET or earlier), with the six previous games coming on the road obviously due to the time difference.
The Chargers are 4-2 straight up in this spot. Philip Rivers started two of those games for the Chargers and is 2-0 SU and against the spread, covering the spread by 19 points per game, per our Bet Labs data.
Since 1990, any team based outside the Eastern time zone is 6-18 (25%) straight up and 11-12-1 ATS when playing at 1:30 p.m. ET or earlier in the playoffs.
Pacific time zone teams are 4-6 straight up in this spot, going 3-3 SU and 5-1 ATS over the last decade. — Evan Abrams
The Chargers are the most popular underdog bet of wild-card weekend. Since 2003, popular dogs in the playoffs, teams receiving at least 55% of bets, have gone 27-17-1 ATS. — John Ewing
The Ravens are 7-1 in the wild-card round all-time. Their one loss came at home against the Titans in a quarterback matchup of Steve McNair vs. Anthony Wright.
Only three of those eight wild card games came at home. The Ravens’ two previous Super Bowl championships came during years in which it played in the wild-card round.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is 3-0 in his career in wild-card games — the latest coming in the Chargers most recent playoff win: at Cincinnati in 2013. — Stuckey
Did you know? The Ravens only beat one playoff team this season: the Chargers — Stuckey