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LA Chargers: 3 matchups that will decide Week 6 outcome vs. Baltimore Ravens

Indianapolis Colts v Baltimore Ravens
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Baker Mayfield, Uchenna Nwosu
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3. Kyler Fackrell/Uchenna Nwosu vs. Alejandro Villanueva

All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley has been out for the Baltimore Ravens with an ankle injury and he does not appear to be slated to return against the LA Chargers. His status has still not been decided but with him not practicing on Wednesday, it would be shocking to see him return.

That means that the Chargers will face a backup left tackle for the second week in a row. Last week the Chargers did not take full advantage of coming up against a third-string left tackle and didn't get as much pressure on Baker Mayfield as you would have hoped.

Granted, it helps when the team was running the ball so well, but there was only one time (Derwin James' sack) where the Chargers got pressure on Baker and didn't allow him to escape. That is dangerous against the Ravens and they have to capitalize on the advantage in Week 6.

Last week I argued that the team should switch Joey Bosa to the right side so he could expose the third-string tackle but they didn't end up doing it so they likely will not do it in this game. Bosa will do his thing on the left side while the duo of Fackrell and Nwosu have to make plays happen on the right side.

This is a Ravens offense that the LA Chargers have to make plays against. This is not a team that you can nickel and dime and hope they get a third and three and punt. With the Chargers' run defense, Lamar will carry the Ravens to move the chains nine times out of 10.

The Bolts need to capitalize with big plays, whether that be forcing a turnover or dropping Lamar for a big loss. Getting the Ravens in long third-down attempts is key, especially considering the Bolts should be able to stop the passing game.

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Those big plays need to come from Nwosu and Fackrell on the right side and they need to capitalize on the left tackle.

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