Separate from the logical marketing slogan, the Week 3 matchup between the Rams and Chargers could be a preview of the Super Bowl, especially for the Bolts who are in the weaker AFC Conference, versus the Rams who would have to run a significantly more difficult gauntlet to get to Atlanta.
So does Sunday offer an indication of who could be playing for a Lombardi Trophy?
It’s still September, and February in NFL time is like three years away. But it is a good test for a Rams team who has the Vikings in a quick turnaround next Thursday.
Some have already speculated that the Rams might get caught overlooking the Chargers because their eyes are on their next opponent.
That’s fair, but that doesn’t necessarily square with a team who has been pretty obvious in their respect for Rivers and his quality quarterback play.
For the record, I picked the Rams to go 2-2 in September winning comfortably against the Raiders and Cardinals, and losing tight games to the Chargers and Vikings.
I’ll hedge a bit, but not a lot.
Through the better part of two games, the Rams have shown that their defense may be the best in the NFL. Defense wins games in this league, but something says the Chargers have a plan for Gurley, who has had a pass for two weeks. The Rams will still score points, but they will miss Greg Zuerlein especially late.
Los Angeles Rams-28
Los Angeles Chargers-31