St. Louis Rams vs. San Diego Chargers Staff Predictions


The St. Louis Rams play the third of four AFC West teams they’ll face this season, traveling into San Diego to face the Chargers on Sunday. The Rams got what most would consider to be their most impressive win of the season this past Sunday, completely shutting down the elite offensive attack of the Denver Broncos and claiming a 22-7 victory.

Last time the Rams faced an AFC West team on the road following a victory (a Week 8 visit to Kansas City that followed a victory over the Seattle Seahawks), the team completely fell apart and got beat 34-7 while suffering a host of injuries. Thus, the burden will be on the Rams in San Diego to show that they can be more consistent on a week-to-week basis.

Here’s how our staff believes that Sunday’s game will play out:

Patrick Karraker, Editor: “The Rams still have yet to win back-t0-back games this year. I will not be surprised in the least if they’re able to duke it out and beat San Diego, as they’ve beaten more impressive opponents this year in Seattle, San Francisco, and Denver, but until I see it for myself I’m going to side with the season-long trend and say that the Rams fall in a tightly-contested battle.” Chargers 35, Rams 31

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Paul Lamb, Staff Writer: “The Chargers aren’t what they were thought to be earlier this year. After starting 5-1, they’ve dipped to 6-4 with losses to the Chiefs, Broncos, and Dolphins. Their former MVP candidate quarterback, Philip Rivers, has thrown for less than 200 yards and been picked 6 times over the past 4 games, and is reportedly dealing with a rib injury. Even though the Rams’ offense is still miserable, Zuerlein’s kicking and a defensive score or two will win this one for the Rams.” Rams 19, Chargers 7

Scott Criscione, Staff Writer: “The Rams are most closely related to the Miami Dolphins, a team that has talent but doesn’t always show it. Miami shut out the Chargers a few weeks back. It’ll be a tough fight, but if the Rams can beat Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers should be beatable.” Rams 23, Chargers 17