The Chargers at the moment maintain an AFC wild-card playoff spot with three video games remaining. The Rams have been eradicated from playoff competition and already are making concerns for subsequent season. Because the season winds down, Chargers beat author Jeff Miller and Rams beat author Gary Klein deal with followers’ issues and questions:
When will we all know the date and time for the Chargers-Broncos recreation? Making an attempt to plan a visit.
Fred Edgecomb, Buckeye, Ariz.
Miller: Throughout the closing 4 weeks of the season, video games could be flexed as late as six days earlier than kickoff. So, on this case, the day/time don’t must be set till the Sunday or Monday earlier than to the sport, that means Jan. 1 or 2.
Is there a state of affairs whereby the Chargers can host a playoff recreation? Is the second-round residence workforce decided by report over convention placement? If, for instance, the Chargers have been to play the Tennessee Titans within the second spherical, which workforce could be the house workforce?
David Sanchez, Canoga Park
Miller: As I perceive issues, a wild-card workforce can host a playoff recreation provided that it’s enjoying one other wild card and is the upper seed.
Since 1963, I’ve been a Chargers fan. On Day 1, head coach Brandon Staley emphasised the need of fixing the Chargers tradition. Do you sense the gamers, and extra importantly the group, imagine this tradition change is beginning to occur and does it really feel as if this metropolis is slowly beginning to embrace this workforce as their very own? As a fan, I really feel a special vibe by some means. The entrance workplace, coaches and gamers appear keen to work as a workforce. What do you assume?
Jeff Orey, Warner Springs Calif.
Miller: No true tradition change can occur until the franchise wins and wins large, that means a Tremendous Bowl. Your entire feeling in and across the Angels modified as soon as they received their first World Collection. I do assume L.A. will embrace the Chargers extra the longer the workforce is right here. That course of definitely was sped up when Justin Herbert arrived. However it is going to take years for each the Chargers and Rams to begin having fun with a home-field benefit week in and week out.
What are the Chargers going to do concerning the parking scenario at SoFi? I used to be at tonight’s recreation with my household for the primary time and loved it. Nonetheless, after the sport I used to be caught within the car parking zone for over an hour. There was zero site visitors management. This may deter me from attending any extra Chargers video games despite the fact that I’d wish to. That’s an issue for a workforce attempting to ascertain itself in a crowded sports activities market.
Jen F., Los Angeles
Miller: Sadly for the Chargers, they don’t have a lot management over parking. They’re tenants at SoFi Stadium and, as such, are a little bit hamstrung in relation to stadium operations. Personally, I’d attain out to the workforce and specific your frustrations.
The place do the Rams go from right here, and the way did issues go so incorrect so quick?
Joe Vece, Parsippany, N.J.
Klein: Lacking the playoffs is just not a superb factor, however it is going to afford the Rams loads of time to evaluate what they should do. The core items — Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey — aren’t going wherever until the Rams discover buying and selling Ramsey. They little question will look to draft and/or signal offensive linemen. Issues went incorrect quick as a result of it’s tough to repeat — no workforce has completed it in almost 20 years — and successful the Tremendous Bowl affords much less time to arrange for the following season. Nobody might have predicted the variety of accidents and a number of other star gamers didn’t carry out to their normal.
Why are extra Oregon audiences not included in Chargers advertising? Justin Herbert is a Duck for goodness sake! Sure, main bias right here. With NFL video games in so many streaming, third social gathering and cable markets unfold throughout completely different venues, it’s virtually unattainable to observe any ONE workforce. I’m an octogenarian widow who loves NFL soccer. However, 2022 NFL scheduling is usually complicated, with last-minute workforce modifications in programming schedules and inconsistent advertising data. Sport Go has at all times introduced an alternate, nevertheless, previous expertise has additionally demonstrated inconsistent programming points (no sound in GP 2021). Backside line: We’d like extra Chargers video games broadcast within the Portland Metro marketplace for Geese followers to look at the making of the following NFL GOAT.
J. Hood, Portland, Ore.
Editor’s observe: So far as broadcasting goes, the NFL has regional tv guidelines that restrict video games to be aired within the space of the groups. To view video games exterior the NFL area, when not a nationwide recreation, these are chosen by the native networks with consideration to their viewers. One other avenue could be to buy the NFL Ticket from DirecTV, which reveals all video games. That is the final yr of that contract, nevertheless, and people broadcasting rights will likely be up for bid for subsequent season.
All I’ve to say is Tua [Tagovailoa] is a extra higher QB than Justin Herbert and the numbers don’t lie. How dare you say he’s the best younger QB in NFL historical past with no stats or report to show it. Do your homework! C’mon man!!!
Eddie T., Los Angeles
Miller: In the event you assume — at this level of their careers — the statistics say Tua Tagovailoa is healthier than Justin Herbert, I can’t aid you a lot.