Baltimore Sun staff picks: Ravens at Chargers

Ravens 20,



Maybe it's the sunshine. Maybe it's the palm trees. Something comes over the Ravens on these West Coast trips. The Jekyl and Hyde Chargers have lost five of their last six, but still have a shot at the playoffs. This one will be close. And ugly.

Chargers 28, Ravens 17

The Chargers may be reeling, but historically, they have feasted on the Ravens in San Diego. Quarterback

Philip Rivers

is no

Byron Leftwich

, and he will take advantage of the Ravens' re-tooled secondary to find tight end

Antonio Gates

and wide receiver

Malcom Floyd

for big plays.

Ravens 27, Chargers 21

The Ravens have played poorly on the road this season, but the Chargers have played poorly everywhere. They have nullified their own home field advantage as many fans plans to swim or play beach volleyball.

Chargers 26, Ravens 16

The Ravens secondary is just too depleted, which will be their undoing even against a Chargers team that has been reeling for the past six weeks. Philip Rivers has to get his head out of the grass at some point.

Matt Vensel

Chargers 24, Ravens 20

The Ravens have won consecutive road games for the first time since 2010, but after seeing how they handled last year's trip to San Diego, I don't feel comfortable predicting they make three in a row.

Aaron Wilson

Ravens 24, Chargers 21

Ravens get revenge after getting embarrassed last year. Philip Rivers is contained and

Ray Rice

recaptures his usual form. A late field goal from rookie

Justin Tucker

provides the game-winning points.

Chargers 23, Ravens 17

I have no doubt that the Ravens are the far better team but I don't like them in this spot — coming off an emotional and physically draining win, on a short week and flying to the West Coast with a depleted secondary.