Comparing the LA Chargers defense and Baltimore Ravens defense:
Interior defensive line: Advantage, Baltimore Ravens
The Chargers are coming up against a 3-4 defense for the first time this year and the three interior defensive linemen are far better than what the Chargers have to offer. This is probably the weakest area of the roster as the Bolts cannot stop the run because of the interior defensive line and are not getting much pressure on the quarterback there, either.
It is going to be a problem for the Bolts coming up against Lamar Jackson.
Edge rushers: Advantage, LA Chargers
Odafe Oweh has been a pleasant surprise as a rookie for the Ravens but that is not enough to swing it in favor of Baltimore. The Chargers have a top-five edge rusher in the league in Joey Bosa and that is always going to swing it in favor of LA.
Linebackers: Advantage, LA Chargers
Malik Harrison and Patrick Queen have been horrible to start the season for the Ravens. While Pro Football Focus grades are extremely flawed and should never be considered the letter of the law, the fact that Queen has the worst PFF grade among all linebackers is saying something.
Cornerbacks: Advantage, LA Chargers
Anthony Averrett was making a name for himself with a really strong start to the season. However, he was exposed on Monday Night Football against the Indianapolis Colts of all teams, hurting his stock.
The Ravens still have Marlon Humphrey, who has been one of the best corners in the league the last two seasons. He had a rough start to the season but has since played better, albeit not playing to his own ceiling.
Asante Samuel Jr. is an ascending rookie and Michael Davis has quietly been really solid this year for the Bolts. Add in Chris Harris and while Humphrey has the highest ceiling, with how he is playing and the weak performance from Averrett, I have to go with the Bolts here. It is really close, though.
Safeties: Advantage, LA Chargers
Derwin James is one of the best defensive players in the entire league and Nasir Adderley is having a breakout season right before our very highs.
This is the Chargers all the way.