Hi again Los Angeles Rams fans and welcome to your weekly preview of our up and coming game.
This week’s matchup see’s us at home against the LA Chargers (so we’re kind of both at home lol ) The Chargers currently sit third in their division with a one and one record after losing a bit of a shootout to the Chiefs in week one.
Week two saw them bounce back with a win over the Bills in Buffalo. I’m sure they’ll be looking for more of the same in front of their home fans who’ll be sitting next to our home fans.
Things to be aware of recently with the Chargers is that they have been bitten by the injury bug early on this year, losing their starting Tight End Hunter Henry in camp before the season to an ACL tear. It only got worse after that losing one of their very talented Cornerbacks Jason
Verrett to a torn Achilles tendon. Both will miss the season, although Henry may have the chance of a late return. After this arguably their best defensive player Joey Bosa (defensive end) injured his foot and is expected to be out until October.
Other players dealing with shorter term injuries are Travis Benjamin( Wide receiver) who is questionable for this one. Joe Barksdale (Tackle) who is out and Craig Mager(Cornerback) is also out. So as we can see the Chargers have had some very poor luck.
Players who came to the Chargers this offseason in Free Agency.
Virgil Green TE
The Chargers picked up this blocking Tight End in the offseason that was formally with the Broncos. At the time they were happy moving forward with their pass catching Tight End Hunter Henry before the injury. In recent weeks since his injury, the Chargers have been able to call on the services of an old friend Antonio Gates (Tight End) one of the league’s best ever.
Mike Pouncey C
The Chargers agreed a 2 year 15m deal with the former Dolphins centre. Pouncey is a former 3-time pro bowl player. There O line had not found a long-term replacement at centre since Nick Hardwick retired.
Michael Schofield OL
Again, another player let go by the Broncos and has found a home with the chargers. He will probably start in rotation on the offensive line.
Caleb Sturgis K
Missed all of last season with the Eagles due to injury. He’s now looking for a fresh in LA with the chargers.
Players to look out for look out for.
Philip Rivers QB
This veteran player is one of the league’s best quarterbacks year in year
out and has been named to the Pro Bowl seven times. He has also been voted onto the NFL’S top 100 seven times.
Keenan Allan WR
There No 1 Receiver. Allan was offensive rookie of the year in 2013 and
was also voted to the Pro Bowl in 2017 with a season that saw him put up 102 catches 1,393 yards and 6 touchdowns. Allan is a big possession receiver that will go up and win you the ball.
Melvin Gordon RB
Gordon was the second running back taken in the 2015 draft. (Can
anyone tell me who was the first Running back taken that year). Clue his name rhymes with mod furly lol. Gordon has turned into a very good duel threat for the Chargers and look for Rivers to find him on the check down at times during this game. Gordon handles the bulk of the carries but also look for HB Ekeler to shoulder some of the load in the running game.
Russell Okung LT
Probably their best lineman and has started in all 103 games since entering the league in 2003. Okung has been named to the Pro Bowl twice.
Antonio Gates TE
What can you say about one of the best tight ends ever to play the game
that has not been said already. Gates returns to the Charges on a one year contract after Henrys injury. Before The Chargers released Gates he had totalled 927 catches for 11,508 yards and 114 touchdowns over 15 years. He also went to the Pro Bowl eight times. Just tremendous.
Casey Hayward CB
Hayward led the league back in 2016 with seven interceptions so you
know this guy is a ball Hawk. He has also shown an ability to defend the run well too. He’s maybe not the biggest Cornerback but has good ball skills and great speed to make up for it.
On a final note.
Unfortunately, we will not see Joey Bosa on Sunday as he is out with that
foot injury, but don’t sleep on Melvin Ingram DE. Bosa and Ingram are arguably the best pass rush duo in the league. Bosa has collected 23 sacks through his first two seasons and last season had 12.5 sacks. Ingram also weighed in last season with 10.5 sacks.
My prediction for the game Rams wins 28-14…Rob Out 😉