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How seriously are Rams fans seeing this whole ‘Fight for LA’ thing? For most Chargers fans Austin Ekeler Jerseys 2019 , it doesn’t exactly feel like there’s a rivalry with the Rams, and it doesn’t feel like an even fight, either.Not seriously at all. Yet.With the Rams’ history and the fact that Spanos tried to block the Rams from returning to LA, many fans have a pretty strong disdain for the Chargers. Or at least for the owner. So there’s a bed of sentiment to develop a rivalry from. And we know the NFL is going to push for it haaaaaaaaaaaaaard. My take? I think it’ll take root. Obviously a Week 3 game isn’t necessarily going to make it happen, but I think it will develop (a) once you guys starting winning in LA and building a fan base and (b) if we ever get this game in Week 14 or later when we’re both in the midst of a playoff push.As of right now though, we’re busy fighting in the NFC and if anything, fighting for old Raiders fans to come to our side.2) The Rams absolutely beat down on the Cardinals last week. Were the Rams that good, or were the Cardinals that bad?Yes.In all seriousness, it was both. Specifically White Tyrod Taylor Jerseys , the Cardinals’ offense just couldn’t get anything going all game. They didn’t cross the 50-yard line until late in the 4th quarter. So with the field position game cranking and having established the run in the 1st quarter, it was just very easy for the offense to begin to open things up. And given the quality of the skill positions and how well the offensive line is playing, it was just an avalanche effect that the Cardinals did nothing to stem offensively.3) Following on from that, the Rams offense has looked unstoppable so far. What’s working, and do you anticipate that continuing against the Chargers?The biggest thing that’s working is the offensive line. PFF ranked them 3rd in the NFL after two weeks. They’re just doing a phenomenal job making things straightforward for RB Todd Gurley and allowing QB Jared Goff to operate the offense with confidence in the amount of time he has to go through things. Of course, I have to point to the wideouts as well. Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp form one of the NFL’s best trios. Cooks has shined in his first two games as a Ram in replacing last year’s WR1, Sammy Watkins. The Rams had one of the best offenses in the NFL last year and brought back 10 starters. Many would argue the only personnel change was an upgrade. No reason not to buy into the Rams’ offense again this year.4) Defensively, the Rams seem downright scary. Is there a weakness in this defense Tyrod Taylor Jerseys 2019 , and how much of a miss will Mark Barron be?Well, this is where things are more interesting for me. The Rams weren’t bad by any means in 2017 on this side of the ball, but it wasn’t nearly as dominant as the offense was for stretches. The Rams traded for CBs Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters and added DL Ndamukong Suh on a one-year rental to form perhaps the NFL’s best defensive line. But it meant they had to go with near total overhaul among the linebackers. OLB Robert Quinn and ILB Alec Ogletree were both traded while OLB Connor Barwin left in free agency meaning ILB Mark Barron was the only 2017 starter to return. He hasn’t played a snap dealing with injuries that hampered him throughout 2017. So the linebacking group is both the weak point and the group with perhaps the most potential to improve and/or surprise. Even if the group underwhelms as a whole this year, it’s surrounded by incredibly impressive talent. So it might be the obvious weakness. And it might be the case that we miss Barron substantially. But every roster has holes. And most don’t have the cast around those holes that the Rams do.5) Can we get a prediction for the game, and for the Rams season as a whole? Just how far can this team go?Man, so this game is interesting. You guys are the best team we’ve faced to this point, so I’m not sure how we’d handle adversity with yall’s level of talent. I’ll go with a medium over/under and a Rams win, but I’m much less confident in my prediction this game than I have been the first two weeks where I was pretty close (and pretty confident). I went 24-20 for the Rams in our staff predictions, but I think it’s going to be largely on the development of the game. Of the third quarter. Of who finds out what’s working and leans into it and who can figure out how to isolate what they’re doing wrong and cut it off as quickly as possible. Should be a good one. Even though Philip Rivers is one of the elder statesmen among NFL quarterbacks White Thomas Davis Sr Jerseys , the Chargers' longtime signal-caller is off to one of the best starts of his 15-year career.Rivers enters Sunday's game against Cleveland leading the AFC with a 116.4 passer rating. It is his highest after five games since taking over as the Chargers' starter in 2006.His 13 touchdown passes equal 2013 for his best start and his 70.1 percent completion rate marks the fifth time he has completed 70 percent or more at this point of the season.Rivers said on Wednesday he is not a big believer in momentum carrying over from one season to the next, but in a lot of ways he is seeing the offense pick up from where it left off in the second half of last year."I felt a steadiness with the group as we got in the back half of last year and it seems to have kind of carried over in a lot of ways," Rivers said."I have not been great by any means this year, but we have been really balanced and have done some good things. We still have a ways to go, but we would like to keep it going."The Chargers (3-2) lost their first four games last season before winning nine of their final 12, including six of their final seven.Coach Anthony Lynn said it is not just Rivers who is executing but the entire offense."We are not just throwing the ball all day. Teams are having to defense our running game, our passing game and our special plays," Lynn said. "It is really a balanced attack, and I think this is what you get when you have a balanced attack."The one trait from last year which has definitely carried over is big plays — runs of 10 yards or more and receptions of 20 yards or more. Los Angeles was fourth in the league last year in that category Thomas Davis Sr Jerseys 2019 , but was one of two teams in the top eight that didn't make the playoffs.The Chargers are third this season with 45 and have six touchdowns that have been for 20 yards or more. Running backs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler have one-third of the team's receptions along with averaging 5.0 yards per carry.Wide receiver Keenan Allen has not had a touchdown since Week 1 against Kansas City, but he has 15 receptions in the past two games and threw a key downfield block on Ekeler's 44-yard touchdown against Oakland last week.The offensive line has also done a good job of keeping Rivers upright. He has been sacked only six times, which is tied for lowest in the league among quarterbacks who have played in five games. The line is playing well despite starting tackles Russell Okung and Joe Barksdale missing last week's game because of injuries.Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said that he has noticed Rivers being very comfortable with his surrounding cast, which has also led to a surge in confidence."The natural inclination is to say he's taking less risk. But he's made some tremendous throws that you would say 'Wow, that was kind of a risky throw'," Whisenhunt said.Rivers is one of the quicker quarterbacks in the league to get rid of the ball, but he will face a Browns defense that leads the league in pressuring the quarterback.The Browns have been credited with 73 quarterback pressures — a sack, hurry or pass knocked down at the line of scrimmage — according to Sportradar after they were 31st in the league in that category last season.Cleveland (2-2-1) also leads the league in takeaways with 15 while Rivers has thrown only two interceptions in 122 attempts for the lowest interception rate of his career (1.1 percent)."(Defensive coordinator) Gregg Williams is very multiple and does a ton of different things. They are staying healthy and seem to be more comfortable in the scheme," Rivers said.Notes: Lynn said defensive end Joey Bosa would not travel with the team the next two weeks as he continues to rehab from a foot injury. The team is hopeful that the third-year defender can return after the Oct. 28 bye week. ... Okung (groin) and Barksdale (knee) had limited participation in practice as Lynn said there is the possibility that both could be ready for Sunday. If both are unable to play White Michael Badgley Jerseys , Sam Tevi would be the left tackle and Trent Scott would be at right tackle. ... Kicker Caleb Sturgis, who has missed four extra points, was limited because of a quad injury.Follow Joe Reedy at s://joereedy
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