Roommates will battle it out for SoFi Stadium supremacy in Week 17 when the Chargers “host” the Rams. The AFC squad is designated as the house group right here, however each groups will have the ability to benefit from the comforts of residence in what would be the second-to-last sport of the season for the Rams and the second-to-last sport of the common season for the Chargers.
The No. 5 seed within the AFC is essential as a result of that group heads on the highway to face both the Jaguars or Titans, whereas the No. 6 seed, which is the place the Chargers are sitting, has to face one of many Bengals, Ravens, Chiefs or Payments primarily based on how the final two weeks shake out. The Chargers clinched a playoff spot final week, however their opponent is to be decided.
Rams at Chargers (-6.5, 42)
For a group with nothing left to play for however satisfaction, the Rams appeared like a group closely invested within the playoff image final week. The 51-14 win over the Broncos felt like a seminal second for this yr’s group. Just one different time this season had the Rams scored not less than 51 factors in a two-game span. That they had scored 52 factors over the earlier three video games mixed.
The win wound up getting Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett fired and got here towards a Denver group that had allowed greater than 23 factors on solely two different events. The Rams offense has extra life with Baker Mayfield on the helm and it does appear to be Sean McVay could also be working a bit little bit of magic with the previous first total choose. If nothing else, he can be a way more viable backup to Matthew Stafford subsequent season.
The Rams racked up 6.1 yards per play and crossed 150 yards on the bottom for simply the second time this season. The duty at hand might be a lot harder towards the Chargers, although. The protection has gotten more healthy over the previous few weeks and drastically improved, holding their final three opponents to only 34 mixed factors.
Offensively, the Chargers haven’t scored greater than 23 factors since Week 5. They’ve had some good yardage outputs in that span, however haven’t completed an incredible job of changing drives into touchdowns. Just lately, they’ve improved a bit within the pink zone, however nonetheless rank twenty sixth in landing share. They’ve 55 red-zone journeys, however solely 27 touchdowns. That will not harm them towards groups just like the Rams, Colts and Titans, however might be one thing that should enhance towards playoff competitors.
Out of 9 wins this season, the Chargers have received by greater than 6.5 factors solely twice. One got here final week towards the hapless Colts with Nick Foles shaking off months value of rust and the opposite was a 10-point win over the Texans that the Chargers led 21-0. These are two of the worst groups within the NFL. The Rams aren’t a great group, however they’re not among the many league’s worst.
Because of this, I feel the Rams can hold it shut right here, notably with a low-scoring expectation and the improved look of the offense with Mayfield on the helm.
Decide: Rams +6.5