2017-05-01

Battle of LA: Rams Host the Chargers

Los Angeles Rams

Rams Look to Stay Unbeaten

The Los Angeles Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams meet this Sunday in NFL Week 3 action. They will battle at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Kickoff is set for 4:05 pm EST and CBS will have the television coverage.

Oddsmakers opened the Rams as -7-point favorites versus the Chargers, while the game’s total opened at 48.5. The line has held steady and the total is up to 49.

The Rams are undefeated and look every bit like a Super Bowl contender while the Chargers are coming off their first victory.

LA won their first two games by a combined score of 67-13. They also have a defense full of imported stars that is catching up to the offense in terms of explosive plays and production. The defense added cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters in the offseason.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is completing 73.1 percent of his passes for 680 yards and six touchdowns.

Rivers Always Make the Chargers Dangerous

The Chargers are 1-1 on the season. Philip Rivers will be charged with finding a way to move the ball against the Rams. Rivers has completed 73.1 percent of his passes for 680 yards and six touchdowns. He only  has one interception in the first two games of the season.

Rivers ranks third in the NFL in touchdowns, fourth in total yards, completion percentage and passer rating (119.6) and sixth in completions. He has to keep playing well for this offense to move.

Rivers has passed for 746 yards and three touchdowns in three previous meetings against the Rams. He was 29 of 35 for 291 yards and a touchdown the last time the teams played.

Running back Melvin Gordon has contributed 92 yards rushing on 24 carries and one touchdown. He has a team-best 15 receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Austin Ekeler leads the Chargers in rushing with 116 yards on 16 carries.

Wide receiver Keenan Allen has added a team-high 175 receiving yards on 14 catches.

The Rams Have a High Production Offense

The Rams are 2-0 on the new season. Los Angeles added wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the offense as part of its active offseason. He is in the top five in the NFL with 246 receiving yards and 12 catches.

Jared Goff is completing 64.6 percent of his passes for 587 yards, three touchdowns and one interception with a passer rating of 102.5.

Todd Gurley has carried the ball a league-high 39 times for 150 yards and three touchdowns in two games. He also has six receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. He is the workhorse the offense goes through.

PREDICTION: Rams 35, Chargers 17

Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
LA Chargers 1-1 1-1 29.50 29.00 0.5 0-1 1-0 2-0 1-0 1-0
LA Rams 2-0 2-0 33.50 6.50 27 1-0 1-0 0-2 0-1 0-1
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
LAC 15.08 11.29 3.79
LAR 11.9 40.92 -29.03
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
LAC 11.54 14.09 -2.55
LAR 13.50 8.33 5.17
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
LAC 4.83 3.88 0.95
LAR 3.90 3.92 -0.02
Team Records

Los Angeles Chargers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 1-1 0-1 1-0 1-1 0-1 1-0 29.50 29.00 0.50
vs Conf 1-1 0-1 1-0 1-1 0-1 1-0 29.50 29.00 0.50
vs Div 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 28.00 38.00 -10.00
Last 3 1-1 0-1 1-0 1-1 0-1 1-0 29.50 29.00 0.50

Los Angeles Rams

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 2-0 1-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 1-0 33.50 6.50 27.00
vs Conf 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 34.00 0.00 34.00
vs Div 2-0 1-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 1-0 33.50 6.50 27.00
Last 3 2-0 1-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 1-0 33.50 6.50 27.00

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 29.50 8 6.50 1
Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 240.00 12 83.00 2
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 109.00 13 54.00 1
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 33.50 5 29.00 26
Hme Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 342.00 5 209.00 6
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 90.00 17 84.00 11

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
LA Chargers 2-3 2-3 4-1 27.40 119.40 5.06 31.00 67.74 231.20 350.60 1.60
LA Rams 3-2 3-2 4-1 30.60 111.80 4.58 37.80 67.20 321.60 433.40 1.60

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Nov 23, 2014 LAR LAC 24-27 107 210 317 3 128 282 410 3
Oct 17, 2010 LAC LAR 17-20 79 208 287 1 117 183 300 0
Oct 29, 2006 LAR LAC 24-38 101 311 412 1 216 203 419 0
Nov 10, 2002 LAC LAR 24-28 126 130 256 2 71 453 524 4
Oct 1, 2000 LAC LAR 31-57 48 333 381 2 163 451 614 0
Nov 27, 1994 LAR LAC 17-31 0 0
Oct 13, 1991 LAC LAR 24-30 0 0
Nov 20, 1988 LAC LAR 38-24 0 0
Oct 21, 1979 LAC LAR 40-16 0 0
Oct 12, 1975 LAR LAC 13-10 0 0

NFL Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Los Angeles Chargers

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Sep 16, 2018 BUF 31-20 W -7.5/41.5 W/O 109 240 349 84 209 293 -2 A
Sep 9, 2018 KC 28-38 L -3/48.5 L/O 123 418 541 106 256 362 2 H
Dec 31, 2017 OAK 30-10 W -6.5/43 W/U 115 380 495 105 231 336 -2 H
Dec 24, 2017 NYJ 14-7 W -6.5/42.5 W/U 89 290 379 197 98 295 -3 A
Dec 16, 2017 KC 13-30 L 1/47 L/U 98 209 307 174 223 397 4 A

Los Angeles Rams

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Sep 16, 2018 ARI 34-0 W -11/43 W/U 90 342 432 54 83 137 0 H
Sep 10, 2018 OAK 33-13 W -6/47.5 W/U 140 225 365 95 300 395 -3 A
Jan 6, 2018 ATL 13-26 L -6/48 L/U 115 246 361 124 198 322 2 H
Dec 31, 2017 SF 13-34 L 6.5/44 L/O 102 149 251 171 292 463 -1 H
Dec 24, 2017 TEN 27-23 W -5.5/46 L/O 116 286 402 97 269 366 0 A

Next up:
Los Angeles home to San Francisco Sunday, September 30
Los Angeles home to Minnesota Thursday, September 27

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