Los Angeles Chargers vs Baltimore Ravens : The Ravens put a stop to their Week 17 nightmare finishes, winning the AFC North and eliminating the Steelers from the playoffs. In the year long battle to predict all of the NFL matchups, Baltimore Beatdown readers vanquished the writers to take first place in the regular season.
== MATCH INFO ==
NFL Playoffs 2019
Team : Los Angeles Chargers vs Baltimore Ravens
Date : Sunday, January 6
Start Time : 1:05 Pm Et
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Despite traveling to Houston, many are high on a Colts “upset” of the Texans. While Indianapolis is .500 on the road this year, they are also coming in with four consecutive victories, tied with Chicago for the longest active streak. Both regular season games were decided by three points, and these divisional opponents are very familiar with each other.
In Andrew Luck’s comeback season, he has taken a team that finished 4-12 in 2017 to the postseason. His 98.7 passer rating is the best of his career, silencing critics who speculated about his ability to fully recover and play at a high level. In his first full season, Deshaun Watson has completed over 68 percent of his passes but has shown a tendency to turn the ball over, throwing nine interceptions and committing six fumbles.
At one point in the season, Jason Garrett’s job security was questionable and Dallas seemed on the fast track to missing the playoffs. Instead, the Cowboys seventh ranked defense, led by rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, and Ezekiel Elliott’s league-leading rushing yards propelled them to a divisional title.
Still, the Cowboys offense is ranked 22nd in the NFL, as Dak Prescott has been inconsistent in his third season. The Seahawks are averaging 5.6 more points per game, and Russell Wilson recorded the best passer rating of his career (110.9) in 2018. Bobby Wagner has led the team in tackles at 138, the second best mark of his career. Expect Seattle’s playoff experience to make this game tight, even though Dallas has home field advantage.