Roommates will fight it out for SoFi Stadium supremacy in Week 17 when the Chargers “host” the Rams. The AFC team is designated as the house group here, however both groups will have the ability to take pleasure in the conveniences of house in what will be the second-to-last video game of the season for the Rams and the second-to-last video game of the routine season for the Chargers.
The No. 5 seed in the AFC is very important since that group heads on the roadway to deal with either the Jaguars or Titans, whereas the No. 6 seed, which is where the Chargers are sitting, needs to deal with among the Bengals, Ravens, Chiefs or Bills based upon how the last 2 weeks clean. The Chargers clinched a playoff area recently, however their challenger is to be figured out.
Rams at Chargers (-6.5, 42)
For a group with absolutely nothing delegated bet however pride, the Rams appeared like a group greatly bought the playoff photo recently. The 51-14 win over the Broncos seemed like an influential minute for this year’s group. Only another time this season had the Rams scored a minimum of 51 points in a two-game period. They had actually scored 52 points over the previous 3 video games integrated.
The win injury up getting Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett fired and came versus a Denver group that had actually permitted more than 23 points on just 2 other events. The Rams offense has more life with Baker Mayfield at the helm and it does look like Sean McVay might be working a bit of magic with the previous very first general choice. If absolutely nothing else, he would be a a lot more practical backup to Matthew Stafford next season.
The Rams acquired 6.1 lawns per play and crossed 150 lawns on the ground for simply the 2nd time this season. The job at hand will be much harder versus the Chargers, however. The defense has actually gotten much healthier over the last couple of weeks and significantly enhanced, holding their last 3 challengers to simply 34 combined points.
Offensively, the Chargers haven’t scored more than 23 points given that Week 5. They’ve had some good yardage outputs because period, however haven’t done a terrific task of transforming drives into goals. Recently, they have actually enhanced a bit at a loss zone, however still rank 26th in goal portion. They have 55 red-zone journeys, however just 27 goals. That might not injure them versus groups like the Rams, Colts and Titans, however will be something that requires to enhance versus playoff competitors.
Out of 9 wins this season, the Chargers have actually won by more than 6.5 points just two times. One came recently versus the unlucky Colts with Nick Foles getting rid of months worth of rust and the other was a 10-point win over the Texans that the Chargers led 21-0. Those are 2 of the worst groups in the NFL. The Rams aren’t an excellent group, however they’re not amongst the league’s worst.
As an outcome, I believe the Rams can keep it close here, especially with a low-scoring expectation and the enhanced appearance of the offense with Mayfield at the helm.
Pick: Rams +6.5
This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.