LA vs LA; Not Really a Fight for LA

CHARGERS VS. RAMS (aka LAC vs LAR)

1:05 PM KO at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Sunday

Although the media wants dearly to make this about a ‘Battle of LA” or “Fight for LA” LA Chargers are just staying focused at the next game at hand and to getting to 2-1 on this season. That message was quite clear Thursday from coaches and players. The only importance about the game was it was the next opponent.

The two will share the same stadium in 2020, however don’t try and make this somehow a family scenario or a stepchild example, its not- its simply 2 NFL teams sharing a stadium, but if you want to……………. go right ahead.

Through out the week there have been noted media sound bites indicating that this was in some regards.

For example Rams Head Coach McVay stumbling on San…. prior to LA Chargers twice, I know hard to think this is or was a simple error for someone that can recite a play from 10 years ago with one simple date and quarter cue………..I think perhaps maybe trying to create a little aloofness to the match up. That and hearing on other avenues via the PR Dept of the Rams that they are more so looking for the match up vs. the Vikings on Thursday night Football, stating that is a bigger game. And yes, it’s in the conference and a game everyone will watch as its a prime time game vs. a regional start time as well, i.e. 1:25 kick offs are prime time per TV sources.

Yes, this is not a division game, nor a conference game; the two match up every 4  years, so hardly a rivalry, one form the National and one from the American Football Conference. On a side note the last time these two faced off at the Coliseum was October 13, 1991 it was the SD at the LA, Rams edged over the Chargers 30-24. If I delve deeper, the all time series between the two is 6-5-0 in favor of the Rams.

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Casey Hayward on any significance to the game, (Fight for LA or rivalry)

“I guess so since it’s the week we are playing them other than that nay.

We just worry about the one that’s up now and it just so happens to be the Rams.

We just try and come and win each and every week no matter who it’s against ……………it just so happens to be those guys this week”

 

 

This is a great match up however and a great test or barometer for both teams, Rams have not played a great team or a prolific offense as the Chargers this season and the Chargers face probably one of the most balanced teams on all facets.

If Chargers are able to disrupt Goff and contain Gurley, I believe the Rams could be in for a big surprise and a great opportunity for the LA Chargers to claim a spot in the LA market or at least let them know that they are contenders, as well.

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The Coliseum has not had the best field managers as of late, and also have Trojans hosting the Cougars Friday evening, this could potentially be a factor, but only in regards to the equipment mangers as far as the appropriate cleats, but there has been no rain, either, just more foot traffic.

 

Connections:

Wade Phillips, obvious connections with the SD Chargers as DC, but also Anthony Lynn’ coached under him in Denver for the Broncos.

The only edge one could possibly come up with in my mind is that Coach Lynn would know how Phillips would think, potentially. Phillips connection to players on the roster when he was DC in SD is simply Phillip Rivers and Antonio Gates.

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Flash Back:  Ndamukong Suh photobombs Mike Pouncey after Dolphins’ practice.  Photo ©Sun Sentinel

 

Former Dolphin teammates Mike Pouncey and  Ndamukong Suh.

Chargers are also familiar or I should say Phillip Rivers is with both Peters and Talib.

 

 

My thoughts

On the field it will be, I believe, a physical one, Wade Phillips is a phenomenal DC, he has the ability and track record to make necessary adjustments at the half, which was quite visible in their win in Oakland. Not just adjustments at the half, ones that would shift the game. The Rams Defense is stacked PERIOD! But on the other side of the field the prolific Chargers led by veteran Phillip Rivers and cast; Williams, Gordon, Allen, Green and Ekeler have the ability to humble them.

The Chargers defense has some missing elements, but this is also next man up league and mentality without Bosa and Luiget again. With Veteran Coach Gus Bradley at the helm. Pass rush & pressure on Goff and containment with Gurley will be crucial. Secondary will have their hands full with Robert Woods and Calvin Cook.

The team did work out 3 different players this week, but no news on any outcomes. The next man up illustrated last week with Isaac Rochelle and former Trojan Uchenna Nwosu  making an impact in Buffalo.

Chargers O-Line without Barksdale, and Tevy in, but the addition and impact of Pouncey has been noticed, the run blocking and productivity with Slash and Dash (per Eric D Williams) Gordon and Ekeler 224 all purpose yards, with great hands as well.  Plus the rise of Mike Williams and veteran Virgil Green give Rivers two more productive options.

Although the odds are with the LA Rams as everyone has them going to the Super Bowl this year that was before the season started, lol.   They are good, well coached, but The Chargers play well as the underdog, and it probably would feel really good to give the Rams a black eye and let LA know that they are here, too.

 

I’ll say it again, I think Chargers can win, I know they can, just a matter of execution, plus they have somewhat of an advantage as their first game was vs. a well coached KC team and hot new QB in Patrick Mahonne.

 

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