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

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
LA Chargers1-11-129.5029.000.50-11-02-01-01-0
LA Rams2-02-033.506.50271-01-00-20-10-1
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
LAC15.0811.293.79
LAR11.940.92-29.03
Yards Per Pass
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
LAC11.5414.09-2.55
LAR13.508.335.17
Yards Per Rush
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
LAC4.833.880.95
LAR3.903.92-0.02
Team Records

Los Angeles Chargers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall1-10-11-01-10-11-029.5029.000.50
vs Conf1-10-11-01-10-11-029.5029.000.50
vs Div0-10-10-00-10-10-028.0038.00-10.00
Last 31-10-11-01-10-11-029.5029.000.50

Los Angeles Rams

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall2-01-01-02-01-01-033.506.5027.00
vs Conf1-01-00-01-01-00-034.000.0034.00
vs Div2-01-01-02-01-01-033.506.5027.00
Last 32-01-01-02-01-01-033.506.5027.00

Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense29.5086.501
Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense240.001283.002
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense109.001354.001
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense33.50529.0026
Hme Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense342.005209.006
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense90.001784.0011

Head To Head Summary

NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
LA Chargers2-32-34-127.40119.405.0631.0067.74231.20350.601.60
LA Rams3-23-24-130.60111.804.5837.8067.20321.60433.401.60

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Nov 23, 2014LARLAC24-2710721031731282824103
Oct 17, 2010LACLAR17-207920828711171833000
Oct 29, 2006LARLAC24-3810131141212162034190
Nov 10, 2002LACLAR24-281261302562714535244
Oct 1, 2000LACLAR31-574833338121634516140
Nov 27, 1994LARLAC17-3100
Oct 13, 1991LACLAR24-3000
Nov 20, 1988LACLAR38-2400
Oct 21, 1979LACLAR40-1600
Oct 12, 1975LARLAC13-1000

NFL Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Los Angeles Chargers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 16, 2018BUF31-20W-7.5/41.5W/O10924034984209293-2A
Sep 9, 2018KC28-38L-3/48.5L/O1234185411062563622H
Dec 31, 2017OAK30-10W-6.5/43W/U115380495105231336-2H
Dec 24, 2017NYJ14-7W-6.5/42.5W/U8929037919798295-3A
Dec 16, 2017KC13-30L1/47L/U982093071742233974A

Los Angeles Rams

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 16, 2018ARI34-0W-11/43W/U9034243254831370H
Sep 10, 2018OAK33-13W-6/47.5W/U14022536595300395-3A
Jan 6, 2018ATL13-26L-6/48L/U1152463611241983222H
Dec 31, 2017SF13-34L6.5/44L/O102149251171292463-1H
Dec 24, 2017TEN27-23W-5.5/46L/O116286402972693660A

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

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