To start with some good news, Dennis Pitta, Ed Dickson, and Jacoby Jones are all active for this game. They were all listed as probable, so this isn’t a surprise. Pitta is coming off a concussion though, so this expedited recovery is certainly a boon in the passing game. As for the inactives, Pernell McPhee, Bobbie Williams, Chris Johnson, and Ramon Harewood are all included. McPhee has been out four straight weeks, but the pass rush has actually improved. Paul Kruger has stepped up a great deal recently, and of course Suggs is back. Still, one more solid pass rusher would have been a great addition. The offensive line is very thin with both Williams and Harewood out. Jah Reid should be the fill in starter, but if he goes down there isn’t much behind him. McKinnie is always available, but some major shifts would have to be made to fit him into the lineup. The cornerback position is even more thin with Johnson out. Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb are of course already and the newly acquired Johnson leave them another man down. Cary Williams needs to have a solid game as behind him is really only Chykie Brown, Corey Graham, and Asa Jackson. The raw rookie Jackson may even see a few snaps after being a weekly inactive.
Despite the depth concerns, Baltimore should still feel good about this game. The Chargers just placed Jared Gaither on the IR, ending his season. Sounds like common news for Ravens fans after the talented LT could never stay healthy for either team now. The Chargers are filled with plenty of former Ravens, including Jarrett Johnson, Antwan Barnes, Chris Carr, and LeRon McClain. That may give them some extra motivation, but this teams needs a serious boost the way they have been struggling. Norv Turner is coaching for his job, but he may have already lost it. The Chargers need a serious turnaround, and now.