Baltimore Ravens vs. Los Angeles Chargers - 5/22/20 Madden 20 Sim Classic NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Baltimore Ravens vs. Los Angeles Chargers - 5/22/20 Madden 20 Sim Classic NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens

Madden 20 NFL Sim: Friday May 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm

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The Los Angeles Chargers and the Baltimore Ravens meet in a Madden 20 NFL Sim Classic matchup on Friday afternoon. 

The Los Angeles Chargers booked their spot in the conference semi-finals with a 22-16 win over the New York Jets last time out. Keenan Allen leads the charge for L.A. at 92 overall with 90 catching and 94 catching in traffic in addition to 89 speed, 92 acceleration and 92 agility while Hunter Henry is the top tight end for the Chargers at 87 overall with 89 catching as well. Melvin Gordon III and Philip Rivers aren’t on the Chargers in reality anymore, but they’re still on L.A. in this game at 84 overall with Gordon rated at 92 speed and 92 agility with 90 carrying and 90 juke while Rivers has 94 short pass accuracy and 92 medium pass accuracy. The Chargers’ other top players are on the defensive end, with Joey Bosa leading the defensive push at 91 overall with 90 impact blocking as well as 97 finesse move and 87 strength while Casey Hayward Jr. is at 91 overall in the secondary with 91 acceleration and 92 agility in addition to 89 speed and 90+ ratings in man coverage and zone coverage. Melvin Ingram III and Derwin James Jr. each come in at 88 overall on the defensive end for the Chargers.

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The Baltimore Ravens earned their spot in this round via a 27-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts in their last game. Lamar Jackson leads the Baltimore offense at QB with a 92 overall rating, with 92 throw power and 92 short pass accuracy to go along with 96 speed, 96 acceleration and 95 agility. Mark Ingram II comes in at 86 overall as the Ravens’ top RB with 88 speed, 91 acceleration and 89 carrying while Mark Andrews is not far behind at tight end with an 85 overall rating. Defensively, Earl Thomas III leads Baltimore with a team-high 93 overall rating, including 92 jumping and 96 zone coverage at free safety and Michael Pierce is a solid 91 overall on the defensive line with 94 block shedding and 90 impact blocking while Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters put together a strong pair in the secondary at 89 and 85 overall for Baltimore. Humphrey possesses a 90 man coverage rating as well as 92 speed and 93 acceleration while Peters has 87 man coverage, 91 speed and 91 acceleration.

I get the Ravens being favored here, as Baltimore is solid on offense and have a pretty good defense. But once again I’ll say it, I’m high on the Chargers in these sim games and if we’re being honest, L.A.’s roster in terms of ratings matches up well with most of the teams left in the Sim Classic. I think the Chargers have a legitimate shot to hang around here if not upset Baltimore, so I’ll take a shot with the Chargers and the points and sprinkle a bit on the Chargers ML as well. 

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Chris’s Pick Los Angeles Chargers +4.5 / Los Angeles Chargers ML +150

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.