The Chargers and the Rams will square off against each other in an NFL betting contest for the first time since both franchises returned to Los Angeles. The fact that it hasn’t been sold out yet may give you a different impression, but we know that the StubHub Center can barely contain the Chargers (if it were a Wikipedia article, it would be a stub) but, is the City of Angels too small for these two teams? Thankfully this game will be held at the L. A. Memorial Coliseum so both teams will be able to be on the field at the same time.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) August 21, 2017
- Date: Saturday, 26th August
- Time: 8:05 PM
- Venue: L. A. Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
- Chargers +2½ (-105) 41½ (-110)
- Rams -2½ (-115) 41½ (-110)
Find the Rivers
The third game of the preseason is where starters start to appear, and as such we’re almost guaranteed to see more of Philip Rivers – who has played only one series so far in which he completed 5-of-6 passes for 56 yards, one touchdown and a 145.1 passer rating. Generally speaking, quarterbacks have completed 51% of their passes for two touchdowns and three picks and have been sacked 11 times (eight of which came against the Saints on Sunday). The Bolts will also attempt to finally get their running attack going after two false starts. San Di, err, Los Angeles Chargers are averaging a measly 2.7 yards per carry. A couple of people – not necessarily but probably literally – are optimistic, though. Mike Renner of the WaPo thinks the Bolts “have the roster … to win the AFC West on paper.” Meanwhile, former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson said “Our first team offense and defense is as good as there is in the league.” The 2006 NFL Most Valuable Player added, “How can you not be impressed with Desmond King?” how indeed.
The Coliseum will be a Barron NFL betting field
Rams head coach Sean McVay has ruled inside linebacker Mark Barron out Saturday’s game, while outside linebacker Robert Quinn and cornerback Kayvon Webster might play. Five projected defensive starters have missed the first two preseason games; Quinn, Barron, and Webster, plus defensive linemen Aaron Donald (contractual issues) and and Dominique Easley (season-ending ACL tear). Webster (ankle) and Quinn (knee) are on a day-to-day basis, said McVay. As for Barron, “we know what Mark can do, we know what he’s capable of, and it’s about getting Mark to September 10 as healthy as possible. I think when Mark’s right, he’s a special player.” Those layers aside, the majority of the Rams’ starters are expected to play the whole first half and into the third quarter against the Chargers. McVay has caught flak for being the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. (3:05)
However, Coach McVay ain’t sweating this NFL betting age-shaming. “[W]e know that it is a production-based business,” he said per Pro Football Talk. McVay said. “We’ve got a great challenge ahead of us, but what you feel good about is the coaches and the players that we’re going to go on this journey with, these are the types of guys that you want to do that with and you feel like you have a chance to accomplish some things together and work through some adversity that we will inevitably face.”