Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams Preseason NFL Picks & Predictions 8/26/2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the venue for the game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has the Rams as 2.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 42.5. The Rams were 4-11-1 against the spread last year and their over/under mark was 7-9-0. The Chargers were 7-9-0 ATS and their over/under record was 9-6-1.
Valuable Los Angeles Chargers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Chargers were 9-6-1 against the over/under last season
The Los Angeles Chargers were 7-9-0 against the spread last year
Important Los Angeles Rams Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Rams were 7-9-0 against the over/under last season
The Los Angeles Rams were 4-11-1 against the spread last year
Key Los Angeles Chargers Injuries
08/18/17 LB Jerry Attaochu Hamstring "?" Monday vs. Denver
08/14/17 LB Denzel Perryman Ankle expected to miss 4-6 weeks
07/30/17 CB Jason Verrett Knee PUP
Key Los Angeles Rams Injuries
08/18/17 WR Tavon Austin Hamstring "?" Sunday vs. Indianapolis
08/04/17 DT Dominique Easley Knee out for season
07/30/17 WR Mike Thomas Suspension expected to miss weeks 1-4
07/30/17 CB Troy Hill Suspension expected to miss weeks 1-3
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Los Angeles Chargers ran for 1,510 yards as a unit last year, which ranked 26th in the league. They ran 398 times, averaging 3.8 yards per rush as a unit. The Chargers were penalized on offense 107 times for 780 yards last season, which had them 16th in the NFL in penalties. They were 9th in the National Football League in points scored with 410. They ran 1,014 plays last year for 5,708 yards, which ranked them 14th in the NFL in total offense. The Chargers averaged 5.6 yards per play, which was 14th in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 340 1st downs last season, ranking them 10th overall as an offensive unit. Philip Rivers completed 349 throws while attempting 578 passes for a completion percentage of 60.4% last year. He passed for 4,386 yards. He averaged 12.6 yards per completion and 7.6 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating last season was 87.9 and his QBR was 64.5.
The Chargers rush defense gave up 410 attempts for 1,567 yards last season, putting them in 10th place in the NFL against the run. They had 119 penalties for 837 yards on defense last year. That placed them 6th in the league. They allowed a score on 39.8% of possessions on defense, which was 26th in the NFL. Los Angeles was 29th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 423. They gave up a total of 5,554 yards on D, which was 16th in the league. The Chargers were 12th in yards per play allowed with 5.4. Their pass defense allowed 6.5 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 20th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 364 throws on 580 attempts against the Los Angeles Chargers defense last season, ranking them 16th and 18th in the league. The Los Angeles pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,987 yards in the air, which was 20th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Los Angeles Chargers tried 32 field goals last season and made 26, which was 20th in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 81.3%. Los Angeles Chargers kickers made 91% of their extra points, going 42 for 46 last season. Their punters accumulated 2,732 yards on 59 punts, averaging 32 yards per punt. That ranked them 10th in the NFL in punting average. Los Angeles was 14th in the NFL in punt returns with 32 last year. They totaled 212 punt return yards and averaged 6.6 yards per return, which was 27th in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 21 yards. They returned 28 kicks for 508 yards on special teams, placing them 27th in kick return yardage. The Chargers averaged 18.1 yards per kick return and had a long of 30 yards last season. They were 23rd in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,616.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Los Angeles Rams were 32nd in the NFL in points scored with 224 last season. They ran 960 plays last year for 4,203 yards, which ranked them 32nd in the league in total offense. The Rams averaged 4.4 yards per play, which was 32nd in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 245 1st downs last year, placing them 32nd overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Los Angeles ran for 1,252 yards as a team, which ranked 31st in the NFL. They ran 375 times last year, averaging 3.3 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Rams were penalized on offense 126 times for 1,091 yards last season, which had them 3rd in the league in penalties. Jared Goff threw for 1,089 yards last season. He completed 112 passes on 205 attempts for a completion percentage of 54.6%. His QBR last year was 22.2 while is quarterback rating was 63.6. He averaged 5.3 yards per pass attempt and 9.7 yards per completion.
Los Angeles was 23rd in the league in points allowed on defense with 394 last year. They surrendered a total of 5,392 yards on D, which was 9th in the NFL. The Rams were ranked 10th in yards per play allowed with 5.2. Their pass defense gave up 6.1 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 10th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 378 passes on 582 attempts against the Los Angeles defense last season, placing them 25th and 21st in the National Football League. The Los Angeles Rams pass defense also gave up a total of 3,732 yards through the air, which was 10th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 424 attempts for 1,660 yards last year, putting them in 16th place in the league against the run. The Rams committed 108 penalties for 920 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 15th in the NFL. They gave up a score on 31.3% of possessions on defense, which was 6th in the league.
Special Teams Stats
Los Angeles was ranked 1st in the league in punt returns last season with 49. They accumulated 341 punt return yards and averaged 7 yards per return, which was 24th in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 47 yards. They returned 47 kicks for 1,122 yards on special teams, ranking 1st in kick return yardage. The Rams averaged 23.9 yards per kick return and had a long of 61 yards last year. They were 32nd in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,028. The Los Angeles Rams attempted 22 field goals last season and made 19, which was 29th in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 86.4%. Los Angeles kickers made 100% of their extra points, going 23 for 23 last year. Their punters totaled 4,680 yards on 98 punts, averaging 49 yards per punt. That placed them 5th in the NFL in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Chargers/Rams NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Rams -2.5
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