Expect adjustments when Ravens meet Chargers in playoffs for round two

Posted at 4:03 PM, Jan 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-03 16:30:39-05

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — There was a signature play on offense in the Ravens’ first matchup against the Chargers that turned heads around most of the NFL.

It was Lamar Jackson’s perfect pass to tight end Mark Andrews that turned into a 68-yard third quarter touchdown.

Andrews has become a dangerous target when Lamar decides to air it out.

“I feel confident. Definitely confident,” said Andrews. “Everyone, as we get going with this system and Lamar being quarterback, everyone is getting more comfortable and I think that’s showing.”

Just meeting and beating the Chargers 12 days ago, you know there will be adjustments by L.A. this Sunday. There will be some by Baltimore as well.

“We watch film just like they do,” said Jackson. “So, whatever they do, we’re trying to match that or do better. So, it don’t really matter.”

Not only is this round two of Ravens vs. Chargers, it’s round two of Weddle vs. Rivers.

Ravens Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle is good friends with L.A. Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers from their days playing together with the franchise in San Diego.

“That’s my guy. We talked. We talked about the game and we both knew we were going to see each other in a couple weeks,” said Weddle.

“He knows what bothers Philip. We know what bothers Philip. Philip knows what bothers Weddle,” said Ravens Defensive Coordinator Don Martindale. “That’s the fun challenge to watch.”

“That will be a heck of a challenge. Haven’t been to Baltimore, it’s been a few years since we’ve been there. It’s a tough place to play,” said Rivers.

The veteran QB is known as a trash talker, targeting players and coaches.

And he keeps it G-rated.

“That’s how he gets himself going,” said Martindale. “It’s hard to go back and forth with him when he doesn’t cuss. ‘Dadgummit’. Whoo, Phil. You got me there. But I love the guy. I love the competitor.”

And he would really love beating him for a second time.

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