The Rams got some fortuitous passes in Week 1 and in Week 2. They dodged a Khalil Mack led Raiders defense after his trade to Chicago, and any sort of genuine test when they played NFC West foe, Arizona.
Enter the Chargers and a bonafide quarterback in Philip Rivers.
The Rams, who will finally see a quality team, or at the very least a much better team in the Chargers, get a test on both sides of the football.
It’s also a meeting between two franchises looking to score with the Los Angeles market. A scan of social media and most sports outlets would make a good argument that the Chargers miscalculated in pulling up stakes in San Diego and heading north to LA.
It’s a solid argument.
The Chargers have an identity crisis that beating the Rams may not neccesarily fix. Heck, a Super Bowl win may not do much either. But winning buys them time.
The Rams don’t have such an issue.
They need a win in Week 3 as a loss is bad optics, if you pay attention to such things.
Los Angeles beat a couple of sub .500 teams. A win against a good crosstown rival validates the fact that most see the Rams as a genuine contender.
Meaning a loss might reduce them to a star-studded pretender.
Either way, Rams versus Chargers might be the biggest game on the Week 3 schedule, if it’s not the biggest game in Los Angeles.