The San Diego Chargers and the Baltimore Ravens have enjoyed lots of success on the gridiron over the past decade. Both squads have made frequent visits to the playoffs and the Ravens even won a Super Bowl. But in professional football as in life itself, there are “no constants.” Over time, things change.
In the National Football League (NFL), change comes when star players move on to other teams, get injured or retire. The truth is that it is extremely difficult to keep “winning squads” together.
So it is no surprise that years of almost continuous success for both teams have been replaced by mediocrity and losing. In this, the 2015-2016 Season, the formerly high-flying San Diego Chargers, under the capable leadership of quarterback Philip Rivers, find themselves tied for last place with the Kansas City Chiefs in the West Division of the American Football Conference (AFC).
The Chiefs and the Chargers have managed to win just two of the seven games they have played. The proud Baltimore Ravens find themselves in worse condition. This once dominant team is in last place, as well, in the North Division of the American Football Conference. Shockingly, the Ravens Won-Lost record is 1-5.
Both teams are already out of the “playoff picture” even though the Chargers have nine games remaining on their schedule and the Ravens still must play ten games. With nothing to play for except personal pride and, of course, a job next season, the game between these two squads this Sunday seems to offer little to excite fans and get them to show up at the ballpark.
But that attitude, if it exists, will rob fans of both teams of what promises to be an entertaining and even exciting game. Joe Flacco plays quarterback for the home team Ravens and he is acknowledged to be one of the best young signal callers in professional football.
Flacco and Rivers remain at “the top of their respective games” even though their teams have underperformed. Solid offenses should enable both squads to score early and often and if the game turns out to be a “high-scoring affair,” it very likely will keep those fans in attendance excited, loud and interested.
The teams are playing for pride and for jobs which means that this contest is relevant. There is a lot on the line and inspired play by motivated players is likely to result in a hard-fought contest that isn’t decided until the final seconds tick away.
The bottom line is simple. If you like professional football, every game, even one that pits two losing squads against each other, is worth attending and watching.
The National Football League is popular because play on the field is fun to watch even when the competing squads lose more frequently than they win.
Courtesy of San Diego Union Tribune