The Turf Show Times’ staff make their predictions:
go rams (@AndrewKulick)
Spanos’ team is a poor man’s impression of the Rams.
Prediction: Kroenkes win, 38-10
Finally, the Rams’ corners will be tested. Talib and Peters will be challenged by Philip Rivers, a no doubt HOF-caliber QB imo. This will be the best offense the Rams’ defense has faced so far, and we will find out if they are up to the challenge. Getting pressure on Rivers and forcing him to move out of the pocket will be absolutely critical. When it’s all said and done, I expect the injuries on the Chargers’ defense (Bosa especially) to allow the Rams’ offense to keep pounding.
Prediction: Rams win, 31-21
Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)
The Chargers pose a tougher matchup than some think. They have a well-rounded RB, size/speed at WR. Their defense is pretty good as well.
With all that shit said, the Rams should still hold up over them. The Rams’ CB duo is very familiar with Chargers QB Philip Rivers. The pass rush should be able to get to Rivers and force turnovers.
On the Rams end, McVay cannot forget to feed Todd Gurley touches (as we’ve seen, he’ll make due with what he gets). Jared Goff will have to play another efficient game & expand on his connection with WR Brandin Cooks.
It’ll be close in the first half, but the Rams will pull away with a 10-point win in the second half.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-17
Michael Frank (@turfshowtimesmike)
This is finally a test for our Rams. Chargers offense is grooving, and their defense is limping with injuries but holding strong. While the Rams offense is finding their stride, their defense looks to bored waiting for a real challenge. With massive talent on both teams and on all sides of the ball, this game will come down to proper game plans by the coaches and second half adjustments. Look for a head-to-head coaching chess match battle between McVay and Lynn. Rams get the edge as their defense comes through. Don’t forget, Marcus Peters has Philip Rivers number every time.
Prediction: Rams win, 37-31
Charlie Hiller (@charliehiller)
The jury’s sleepless.
We found your weakness.
And it’s right outside your door now testify!
Why they went with #FightForLA over #BattleOfLosAngeles is beyond me. Either way, all hell can’t stop us now.
Prediction: Rams win, 32-20
Tevin Broner (@T_Bron)
The Chargers have a lot of talent on their offense. If they can use their scat back Austin in the middle of the field he could be a bit of a weapon. I believe this will be a tough game even without Bosa playing and the Rams playing their first tough game will be tripped up.
Prediction: Chargers win, 24-20
Eric Nagel (@Eric_nagel)
I think Aqib’s chain game is better than Phillip Rivers’ bolo game. Ergo, victory.
Prediction: Rams win, 33-17
Skye Sverdlin (@skyeattolah)
This game really feels like it go a number of ways, which is why it is so intriguing. Anything seems possible, from a shootout to a low-scoring dog fight. Both teams can score. Both teams can defend. As usual in these type of matchups, it seems like whoever plays a cleaner game will come out on top. At home, with a slightly better team, I think the Rams win- 2 interceptions to 1, with a Jojo Natson and Johnny Hekker providing a field position advantage.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-24
Elijah Kim (@Big_EZK)
The Rams get a chance to claim their dominance in Los Angeles as the Chargers travel from Carson to the Coliseum. Both teams look to establish their star running backs and while QB Philip Rivers has always put up great numbers, somehow the Chargers just can’t close things out. Look for a higher-scoring battle with the Rams edging the Chargers due to CBs Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib slowing down Keenan Allen just enough to give them a cushion. Gurley shows he’s the better running back via the ground and air while scoring twice.
Prediction: Rams win, 31-24
The Chargers represent a change of pace for the Rams. The Phillip Rivers lead offense will provide more of a challenge to the Defense than either the Raiders or the Cardinals. Do I think it’ll be enough to outscore the Rams? No. But I do think this game will be a lot closer than what we’ve seen the last two games, and might even make some fans question whether the Rams will make it happen.
Prediction: Rams win, 31-27
In my preseason game-by-game prediction piece, I projected a Rams stumble here. I thought they’d start to wilt under the pressure of the headlines and a hectic offseason. After two weeks, I’m changing my tune, as I now see a team that belongs comfortably at or near the top of the power rankings. We might get tested a bit this week, as the Renters are formidable on both sides of the ball. We’ll score – KC shredded them at will, and even the lowly Bills mustered 20 points and minus Bosa, Goff will have time. Baby machine/QB Philip Rivers is off to a strong start, but usually has a 4 INT stinker each year. I’m not quite predicting that here, but he’s too proud to check it down all day, and he’ll test the Lock Angeles secondary, and fail. We’ll see more than the tip of the iceberg this week, but will be 3-0 heading into the short week against Minnesota.
Prediction: Rams win, 30-23
Biggest challenge yet for the Rams will be this week. It’s been a long time since the Rams have started off 3-0, and it will by no means be an easy feat this week. Chargers QB Phillip Rivers is a surefire first class hall of fame player, and still playing like he’s in his prime. He’s a bad boy, and one of my favorite QB’s of my lifetime. He’s surrounded by talent in RB Melvin Gordon, WR’s Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin, change-of-pace back Austin Eckler, and a solid offensive line. Aside from that they have one of five best front sevens in the NFL. However, their secondary (which is really good) is banged up. This could be a game where Todd Gurley sees about 7-9 targets out of the backfield. If so he might go off in the second half. Rams defense has their hands full but the Rams offense has some holes to exploit due to injuries on the Chargers defense. Could be looking at a shootout, which is the wrong time to lose Greg Zuerlein. This is more evenly matched than people are giving it credit for being. I’m going Rams because when it’s even homer-ism kicks in.
Prediction: Rams win, 30-27
The Rams have people willing to endure LA traffic and the smell of their gross city to watch the team play. The Chargers cant even get their fans in a soccer/crossfit stadium. The battle for LA is non existent. The Chargers cant even outsell crossfit, the sport of annoying moms and man buns.
Prediction: Rams win, 35-14
Brennan Smith (@BrennanJSmith)
Melvin Gordon and Mike Williams will have solid outings, challenging the Rams’ linebackers and safeties to make solid tackles and keep plays in front of them. However, Rivers will hold the ball too long to surrender a couple of sacks and a pick while Keenan Allen is kept under wraps by Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib to make the Chargers’ offensive attack fairly one dimensional. Jared Goff and Brandin Cooks exploit some of the same advantages Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill exploited against the Chargers in Week One and the Rams get a close win.
Prediction: Rams win, 23-17
Sosa Kremenjas (@QBsMVP)
The Rams will finally meet their first true challenge of the season. The Chargers are a highly explosive offense who were also built to rush the passer and play solid coverage on the back end, though injuries will spare the Rams from seeing some of the most talented Chargers (such as DE Joey Bosa). The Rams will likely have another high scoring output on offense, though the defense will finally get tested. I think they’ll do a fine job with the Chargers gaining most of their yardage (particularly passing) in garbage time/two-minute situations. Look for Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib to make plays on Phillip Rivers as they have plenty of familiarity with him. Also, it’s time for the defensive line to just absolutely wreak havoc and let those sacks flow in.
Prediction: Rams win, 34-21
The LA Chargers are going to be a huge step up in talent compared to what the Rams saw the first two weeks of the season. Phillip Rivers is future HoF QB who is still playing at the top of his game. They have a two-headed monster at RB in Godron and Ekeler and boast the best WR in the NFL that nobody talks about in Keenan Allen. This team is every bit as loaded as the Rams are.
I’m looking at this one as a nail biter that will come down to the last possession. Jared Goff will direct the Rams to his first come from behind victory late in the 4th to steal this one.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-24
Going up against a strong defense, even without Joey Bosa, the Rams will need to use Todd Gurley a bunch early on in order to make the play-action sizzle. Look for 70+ yards receiving for Gurley and 100 on the ground. This will also be a tough matchup for the corners, as Peters and Talib have history with Rivers. This game will be tighter than Rams fans want, but replacement kicker Sam Ficken won’t be a deciding factor in the outcome.
Prediction: Rams win, 35-28
Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)
The Rams will face their toughest test of the young season when they play the Chargers this weekend. The Chargers have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball and will challenge the Rams in every facet of the game.
In the end though, I think that Philip Rivers will make one too many mistakes and the Rams will end up on top.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-23
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Prediction: Rams win, 24-20
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
Like Borat Sagdiyev I am very excite. I don’t want to say the Rams will have their hands full Sunday, but that certainly could be the case. At a minimum the Chargers are a true test, and that should make for some great football.
Despite a sluggish first half against the Raiders in Week 1, the Rams have been rolling for the past six quarters and I see that momentum continuing from the onset in Week 3. I think the Chargers will put up a fight (for LA!), but come up short this weekend.
Prediction: Rams win, 30-23
We have, for the very first time in 2018, a staffer not selecting the Rams to secure victory, as Tevin thinks the Chargers eek out a close one in LA. The remaining 19 see the Rams moving to 3-0.
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