The Los Angeles Chargers are playing the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3 of the preseason. Here is the open thread.
The Chargers face an opponent they have been very familiar with in the Rams. Both teams participated in a joint practice twice in training camp, one resulting in a big brawl.
Week 3 of the preseason is the regular-season dress rehearsal. Anthony Lynn stated that the starters will play the first half. Hopefully, the team comes away with no major injuries.
What we hope to see is the offensive starters clicking. Quarterback Philip Rivers played one series (Week 1 vs. the Seattle Seahawks), in which he lead the team down the field for a score. Last week against the Saints, the offense sputtered, failing to score a touchdown. The only touchdown the Chargers had came off a Dexter McCoil pick-six in the fourth quarter.
With that said, let’s see if the offensive line can keep Rivers upright and create room to run for running back Melvin Gordon. The line (starters and backups) struggled last week, and it’s fair to say that OL play will make or break the Chargers’ season.
The Chargers are relatively healthy compared to other teams, only losing second-round offensive lineman Forrest Lamp (torn ACL) for the year and starting inside linebacker Denzel Perryman (ankle) for a few months (first-round Mike Williams is on the physically unable to perform list with a back injury, but he’s progressing and expected back by October). With that said, Lynn needs to be cautious because this is essentially a meaningless game.