Sunday Night Football in week 17 brings a mouthwatering battle for LA bragging rights: Los Angeles Rams vs Los Angeles Chargers. Not only is this a great local rivalry, but these teams should rank among the best in the league. How will the NFL betting odds predict this cross-city matchup, and what should you watch out for? Read on to find out.
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Rams vs Chargers Highlights
The Rams are stacked with high-caliber players and have the money to back it up. Los Angeles finally got its championship ring thanks to Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, and defensive star Aaron Donald signed a record $30 million a year contract. Surprisingly for a champion team, they look like they have room to improve. Last season, their defense was only average in terms of yards allowed, so any improvement there would be welcome for their postseason push.
Despite their obvious talent, the Chargers knew they had to improve in order to compete with teams like the Rams, their cross-city rival. During the off-season, they made some significant investments by acquiring JC Jackson and Khalil Mack, as well as re-signing Derwin James. The addition of Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, and Keenan Allen to the offense should help the team challenge for a playoff spot and even compete with the league’s elite teams.
The Rams have a slight edge in the series so far, but since moving to Los Angeles there has only been one meeting between the two teams. In that 2018 game, quarterback Jared Goff led the Rams to a 35-23 victory.
Who should you bet on in this 2022 matchup if you bet on NFL games? Both teams are essentially at home, but back the Chargers here to avenge that loss and show the world LA isn’t just about the Rams!