“Fight for LA–Don’t Think So”
This will be fun on Sunday afternoon.
Chargers-vs-Rams, in a jam packed LA Coliseum.
Firepower vs Firepower. Coaching Wizardry-vs-Toughness. Athletes everywhere..
For the Rams, this is the begging of an amazing 9-week stretch of games, that either makes them a Super Bowl contender, or puts them in a hole.
Sean McVay’s team faces Philip Rivers and his high powered offense, followed by Kirk Cousins-Minnesota…..road games to play Russell Wilson-Seattle…Case Keenum-Denver….and the 49ers…..then a home game with Aaron Rodgers-Green Bay….a battle at New Orleans with Drew Brees, then the Seahawks again and Kansas City and Pat Mahomes, all before they stagger to a bye week.
For the Chargers, another big litmus test, against a good team, after they failed opening day against Kansas City.,continuing a slide that began last year, when they beat only 3-teams with winning record.
Sunday’s shootout should be something to watch. Rivers and an offense averaging 445-yards per game, opposed by 2nd year starter Jared Goff and a Rams offense averaging 398-yards a game.
The Bolts show them Keenan Allen, the Rams counter with Brandin Cooks (20YPC) and Robert Woods (17YPC).
You’ve got the catch and run tactics of Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, who have (440) all purpose yards between them. The Rams counter with do-everything star Todd Gurley.
The defenses are led by vibrant coordinators, the legendary Wade Philips, and the Chargers Gus Bradley.
The fascinating storyline for the Chargers has been the growth of 1st round draft pick S-Derwin James and the play of linebacker Uchenna Nwosu.
The Rams stole the off season thunder with the acquisitions of volatile players Marcus Peter, Ndomakong Suh and Aqib Talib.
Rivers will have to make this a throwing contest to keep up with all the weapons Goff has. Somebody’s defense will get turnovers, but without Joey Bosa and Corey Liuget it might not be the Bolts.
Much will be made about the Rams fan support and lack there-of of so-called Chargers fans. The standing job is that the Chargers are the only team to play 16-road games a year with what the Stub Hub Center has turned into.
This will likely be a referendum of who really owns the Los Angeles market, the heritage of the Rams dating back to the 1940s, or the upstart Chargers, stolen from San Diego by the owner in January 2017.
If you like fireworks, this will be a dandy, maybe something like 42-31.
My heart would love to see Rivers pull off a stunning win. My head says that’s doubtful because the Rams have the better defense.
My head says the Rams own LA, and the Chargers belong in San Diego, and my heart says Dean Spanos deserves nothing but losses upon losses.
Fight for LA? Don’t think so. It’s the Rams market and they are the hot team. We’ll see who can win on the field.