Say what you want about the Rams offense, but Philip Rivers is neither Derek Carr or Sam Bradford. Rivers may be on the other side of his career, but the accolades tossed his way this week by the LA defensive locker room says they expect a monster effort on Sunday.
Philips and the offense will deliver, to the tune of 28 points.
It’ll be a different reality in Week 3 when the Rams defense has to stop a four headed monster in Rivers, Gordon, Keenan Allen, and tight end Antonio Gates. They will deliver points and time of possession.
So, can Los Angeles keep up on offense?
The Chargers will have a “coming out” party so to speak, when they match blows with the Rams in the Coliseum. It’ll be the first time the defense will go four quarters with anyone this season, and while Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh will get their shots. So will Rivers and the offense.
Whatever the battle for Los Angeles delivers, the good vibes tossed out by Suh and Marcus Peters will be appreciated after the fact by Rivers, as he may have the last laugh.
This could be a Super Bowl preview. It could be a reminder that the Chargers play in Los Angeles, too. Beyond that, it’ll be a game that begins to shape the season of both franchises, with the cross-town rival making a statement.