BALTIMORE (AP) – Lamar Jackson threw for 167 yards and a touchdown and the Baltimore Ravens defense dominated Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers in a 34-6 win on Sunday.
A week after scoring 47 points in a win over Cleveland, the Chargers (4-2) came away empty-handed on their first five possessions and were limited to fewer than 16 points for just the second time since selecting Herbert earlier. from the start of the previous campaign.
The Ravens completely controlled the duel between division leaders. Each of Baltimore’s three veteran running backs – Latavius Murray, Le’Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman – made it to the end zone.
Jackson completed 19 of 27 passes with two interceptions. Herbert was 22 of 39 attempts for 195 yards, a touchdown pass and an interception. While the anticipated duel between two talented young quarterbacks fell short of expectations, Baltimore took the win with teamwork.
The Ravens set the pace with their first offense, a 90-yard march on 12 plays that consumed 6:39 on the clock before Murray reached the end zone on a 14-yard dash. The Chargers came into the game with the worst defense against the run and Baltimore took advantage of it by finishing with 187 yards rushing, just a week after the Ravens saw a streak of 43 straight games broken with at least 100 rushing yards, tied for most. longest chain in league history.
Bell’s two-yard rushing touchdown early in the second quarter put Baltimore ahead 14-0. Los Angeles punted on their first three possessions and then fumbled by failing to get a fourth chance. Immediately after, Herbert threw his first interception since Week 2. He had 11 touchdown shipments in the last three games, in which the Chargers totaled 105 points.
Jackson threw an interception on the next play, and only then – after starting their offense at the Baltimore 27-yard line – did the Chargers score on a 1-yard pass to Jared Cook to make it 17-6.