The Los Angeles Rams (2-0) are set to host the Los Angeles Chargers (1-1) in the first meeting between the two franchises since both were relocated to LA. Kickoff is set for 4:05 EST at LA Memorial Coliseum and will be televised locally on CBS.
Taking a look at the Week 3 NFL betting odds, the books opened the Rams as a 7-point home favorite and that’s where the line sits at most books. The total for this one is currently sitting at 48 points.
Vegas Game Odds & Betting Preview: Chargers vs Rams
The Chargers come into this one off an easy win and cover in a 31-20 win at Buffalo as a 7-point road favorite. It’s worth noting the final score doesn’t do justice to how much the Chargers dominated that game. They were up 28-3 in the 1st half and led 31-13 in the 4th quarter. Bills scored a garbage TD with 38 seconds left to make it look somewhat competitive. It was a much-needed win for the Chargers, who lost 28-38 at home to the Chiefs in Week 1.
The Rams have arguably been the most complete team over the first two weeks of the season. After crushing the Raiders 34-13 in Oakland on Monday Night Football in Week 1, the Rams defeated the Cardinals 34-0 at home in Week 2. Todd Gurley had 3 rushing touchdowns and Jared Goff threw for 354 yards in the Rams dismantling of Arizona.
Free NFL Pick & Betting Predictions: Chargers +7
I would have to lean towards taking the points with the Chargers in this one. Given how much the public is in love with this Rams team, I would watch this line closely in the next few days. If it starts to go down, I would grab the 7, but otherwise I would wait to see if it doesn’t jump up to 7.5.
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I’m not saying the Rams aren’t one of the best teams in the NFL and they certainly look like the most talented team on paper, but I feel like they are getting a little too much love right now. As good as this team has looked, they have beaten a Raiders team that doesn’t look playoff worthy and a Cardinals team that will be fighting the Bills for the worst record in the league. This is their first real test of 2018 and I think there’s a legit shot here for the Chargers to win this game outright.
I know the Rams have scored 30+ points in each of their first two games, but the offense has not gotten off to great starts. They actually trailed the Raiders 10-13 at the half in Week 1 and were up just 11-0 on the Cardinals before Gurley scored on the final play of the half to make it 19-0. They keep coming out sluggish and a team is going to jump on them early and that very well could be Philip Rivers and the Chargers.
Speaking of Rivers, it’s hard to not like your chances with a future Hall of Fame quarterback getting spotted 7-points before the game ever starts. Not to mention, the Chargers have thrived in the role of the road underdog with Rivers under center. The last 32 times that the Chargers have been a road dog with Rivers at QB, they covered the spread 21 times. They are also 15-8 ATS the last 23 times they have been a dog of 3.5 to 10.5 points (home or away).
The Rams are a mere 3-12 ATS the last 15 times they come in off a game where they allowed 200 or fewer yards and are actually getting outscored in this spot by an average of 5.3 ppg. Rams are also a mere 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 home games and a mere 4-8 ATS at home since Goff took over at quarterback. Give me the Chargers +7.