Los Angeles Chargers vs Los Angeles Rams: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Sunday, September 23, 4:05 pm Eastern Time
LA Memorial Stadium
The battle for Los Angeles takes place Sunday, as the Chargers get an extra home game facing off vs. the undefeated Rams.
The Rams have been absolutely dominant this season, ranking in the top 4 in both total offense and defense. All the big name additions from this offseason have graded out as an A+ thus far. The defense has given up a measly 13 points through two games, while speedster Brandin Cooks has 128 more yards receiving then the next best Rams wide receiver.
The Chargers bounced back after taking a beating at the hands of the Chiefs in week 1. The Bolts dominated in every facet of the game a week ago, but their backfield is certainly what stole the show. Melvin Gordon recorded 3 total touchdowns while Austin Ekeler averaged over 7 yards a carry. Look for the Chargers to continue to feature their tandem of backs in week 3, as the Rams linebackers are the weakest unit in a rather dominant defense.
Oddly enough the Chargers’ defense has given up the 9th lowest total yards this season, but it hasn’t transitioned to the scoreboard. They’ve surrendered a whopping 58 points, ranking 25th in the league. The loss of Joey Bosa will continue to take a huge toll on the Chargers’ defense. Look for the Rams to double team Melvin Ingram, and without another viable pass-rusher opposite of him, the Rams should be able to move the ball at will.
Much like the Rams, the Chargers biggest weakness defensively is at linebacker. Expect the Bolts to have a long day trying to keep up with reigning OPOY (offensive player of the year) Todd Gurley in both the running and pass game.
Score prediction: Rams 33-24
While it is a pseudo home game for the Bolts, that doesn’t mean much, as actual home games for the Chargers don’t necessarily feel like home games nowadays. Philip Rivers has only thrown less than 11 interceptions in 3 of his 12 seasons as a starter. His trend of turnovers should continue against two ball-hawks in Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. The lack of numerous pass-rushers for the Chargers will be a major flaw in defending the high-powered Rams offense.
The Rams themselves have averaged nearly 34 points a game over the past two weeks. The only reason they haven’t averaged more is because they chose not to, sitting Todd Gurley for the majority of last week’s blowout. Philip Rivers will help the Chargers keep pace for the majority of the game, and is liable to put up garbage points in what will likely be a dominant win for the Rams.
Head to Head
Over the last 5 games, the Rams hold the slight edge in the win column with a 3-2 record.
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of the last 8 matchups between these two teams.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of the last 5 games when the Rams play the Chargers at home.
- LAR is 10-4 SU (straight up) in its last 14 games.
- Both teams’ running backs, Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon are coming off of 3 touchdown games.
- LAR CBs Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters have 54 combined career interceptions.
- LAR QB Jared Goff holds a 102.5 rating in 2018.