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NFL Betting Preview: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Los Angeles Rams

August 12, 2023


The Los Angeles Chargers finished last season with a record of 10-7 which led to a 2nd place finish in the AFC West and a spot in the AFC Playoffs. The Chargers were eliminated by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Wild Card round by a score of 30-31.

The Los Angeles Rams finished last season with a record of 5-12 which led to a 3rd place finish in the NFC West and missing the playoffs after having won the Super Bowl in the 2021 NFL season.

BookMaker has the Los Angeles Rams listed as 3-point favorites at home against the Los Angeles Chargers and has set the total for the over/under plays at 34 points. Which team will get a win in week 1 of the NFL preseason? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams played last year.

Los Angeles Chargers Team Preview

The Los Angeles Chargers finished in 2nd place in the AFC West and earned a spot in the AFC Playoffs with a record of 10-7. However, Los Angeles was eliminated in the Wild Card round against the Jacksonville Jaguars by a score of 30-31. The Chargers finished 11-6-1 ATS overall and 5-1 ATS as an underdog last season.

Offensively, the Los Angeles Chargers ranked 12th in scoring in the NFL with an average of 23.39 points per game. Los Angeles ranked 30th in rushing yards with an average of 88.39 rushing yards per game. The Chargers ranked 3rd in passing yards with an average of 268.72 passing yards per game.

Defensively, the Chargers ranked 23rd in the NFL in points allowed with an average of 23.06 points allowed per game. Los Angeles ranked 27th in rushing yards allowed with an average of 144.22 rushing yards allowed per game. The Los Angeles Chargers ranked 7th in passing yards allowed with an average of 204.33 passing yards allowed per game.

Los Angeles Rams Team Preview

One season after winning the Super Bowl, the Los Angeles Rams finished in 3rd place in the NFC West and missed the playoffs with a record of 5-12. The Rams finished 6-9-2 ATS overall and 2-4 ATS as a favorite.

Offensively, the Los Angeles Rams ranked 27th in scoring in the NFL with an average of 18.06 points per game. Los Angeles ranked 26th in rushing yards with an average of 97.71 rushing yards per game. The Rams ranked 27th in passing yards with an average of 182.82 passing yards per game.

Defensively, the Rams ranked 20th in scoring defense with an average of 22.59 points allowed per game. Los Angeles ranked 13th in rushing yards allowed with an average of 115.06 rushing yards allowed per game. The Los Angeles Rams ranked 21st in passing yards allowed per game with an average of 226 passing yards.

Series Trends and Game Pick

The Los Angeles Rams have won four of the last seven games in the series and have won by an average score of 28.29 to 27.29 while going 4-3 ATS in those matchups. The Chargers have won two of the last three games in the series and have won by an average score of 27 to 23 while the Rams are 2-1 ATS in those contests.

The over is 5-1-1 in the last seven games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 55.58 points per game in those contests. The over is 2-0-1 in the last three games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 50 points per game in those matchups.

The Los Angeles Chargers should have one of the best offenses in the NFL while the Rams finished last season 20th in scoring defense. The over has been the trend in the series, going 5-1-1 in the last seven and 2-0-1 in the last three games. As a result, I am taking the over 34 points on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday night.

Spooky Express Pick: Over 34 Points