NFL Odds: Week 15 Sunday Night Football Picks BAL @ SD 12/18/11

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The Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers duke it out on Sunday Night Football this week, and we are set to make our NFL picks for the big time clash at Qualcomm Stadium.

Year To Date Record: 48-52 ATS
Upset Record: 12-27, -$1,330

Week 15 NFL Matchup: Baltimore Ravens @ San Diego Chargers
Date: Sunday, December 18th, 8:25 ET
Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
NFL Week 15 Lines: Baltimore -2.5
Over/Under 44
Week 15 NFL TV Schedule: NBC

Ravens Notes: The Ravens may be looking at this game in totally the wrong light, and the way that you might find out about that is if LB Ray Lewis plays or not. He has basically been on the sidelines for the last month and change with an ankle injury, and it is anyone’s guess whether he is healthy enough to come back into the fold or not. Baltimore is probably looking at the injury to QB Ben Roethlisberger and thinking that there is at least a game to spare before Pittsburgh can run it down for the top spot in the AFC, especially with the Steelers going cross-country to San Francisco this week. That being said, the Ravens have a chance to finally deliver the lethal blow to San Diego’s season, and it really should be looking forward to doing just that. QB Joe Flacco just passed the 3,000-passing yard mark this week, while RB Ray Rice reached the 1,000-rushing yard mark in the win over Indy, the team’s fourth straight win.

Chargers Notes: The Bolts are definitely out of time. They need to win, they need to win a lot, and they need to get lucky quite a bit to get into the playoffs. Getting losses earlier in the day from the Denver Broncos and New York Jets would help, but one way or the other, the season is over if this one is lost on Sunday night. QB Philip Rivers has had two good games in a row, and all of a sudden, the fact that he has 22 TDs against 17 INTs looks a bit more manageable, and his QB rating of 87.5 is no longer laughable. He’ll probably get to the 4,000 yard mark in this one and at least challenge the idea of getting to 4,500 by the end of this season, assuming that he stays healthy. The defense has played a lot better over these last three weeks, but against playoff caliber teams this year, the Chargers have allowed an average of 31.0 points per game over six games. For what it is worth, the team is 1-5 SU and ATS in those games.

The Final Word: That being said, it really does feel like the time of year that the Chargers just flip the switch and send the electricity to the top. San Diego knows that it needs this one, while the Ravens may be just a tad lax, as they have been on the road quite a bit this season. We could be in store for a mild upset.

Week 15 NFL Pick: San Diego +2.5

NFL Football Prediction: San Diego 31 – Baltimore 23

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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