OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WMAR) — It’s a trip to L.A. to keep pace in the postseason race.
“Every game right now, you got to treat like the playoffs,” said Ravens safety Tony Jefferson. “So, let’s not worry about all the different scenarios, what’s going on. Just go out there and try and win a ballgame.”
For the Ravens, it’s simple. Win their final two games and they’re all but assured a spot in the postseason.
Grabbing a victory against the Chargers on Saturday night will be a tall task. They’re the only team in the NFL to rank in the top-10 in total offense, total defense, scoring offense and scoring defense.
Lamar Jackson has taken notice.
“I feel like that’s going to be the fastest team we face all season,” said the Ravens rookie quarterback. “All of them to the ball. All eleven to the ball at all times. They’re flying around, making plays, making turnovers. So, yeah good defense.”
Eric Weddle played for the Chargers franchise for nine years before coming to Baltimore. And it was a bitter divorce between the veteran safety and the team then located in San Diego.
He’s set to take on his former team for the first time.
“It’s going to be a fun game. Going to have a lot of family and a lot of Ravens fans our there supporting us,” said Weddle. “Everything is right there for us and that’s the exciting part. Not so much going against my old team.”
It will be Weddle’s first time facing old friend, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.
“He was a great teammate, great player. He’s a great friend. He and I still keep in touch throughout the year and in the offseasons,” said Rivers on Tuesday. “It will be a heck of a challenge, both he leading that defense and just that defense in general. That’s a heck of a defense.”
Weddle is among the three Ravens chosen for the Pro Bowl. The others are linebacker C.J. Mosley and guard Marshal Yanda. Among the snubs this year is kicker Justin Tucker.
“Very surprised,” said Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. “I think that one is a big time head-scratcher.”
“I feel like I hit the ball really consistently well this year. You know, what are you going to do? The only thing you can do is just keep trying to be the best football player that you can be. So, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m a little bit disappointed,” said Tucker.
Tucker was named a first alternate. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley was named a second alternate.