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Chargers vs. Rams: Breaking down the key matchups in ‘Battle of Los Angeles’

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers throws a pass against the St. Louis Rams at Qualcomm Stadium on November 23, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers throws a pass against the St. Louis Rams at Qualcomm Stadium on November 23, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CA – NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers throws a pass against the St. Louis Rams at Qualcomm Stadium on November 23, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers throws a pass against the St. Louis Rams at Qualcomm Stadium on November 23, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Chargers are all set to battle the Los Angeles Rams in one of the biggest games of the young 2018 NFL season.

The Chargers (1-1) and Rams (2-0) have met in the preseason and several times over the last several years following the Rams’ move to St. Louis. However, this will be the first time the Chargers have played the L.A. Rams in a regular season game since 1994.

While everyone with the national media will focus on this being the “battle of Los Angeles”, the Chargers need to focus on it being just another game on the slate. Following this game, the schedule lightens up a bit as the Chargers face the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans across the next four weeks.

In other words, they could make a real run.

However, this game will provide a great barometer as to where the team stands at this point in the season as the Rams have arguably been the most impressive NFC team through the first two weeks of the season. Of course, their competition has been the Raiders and Arizona Cardinals, so that should be taken with a grain of salt.

Here, I will delve into the matchup when each of these teams have the ball and attempt to identify areas in which the Chargers can find success as well as areas they could be vulnerable in.

Fans likely have an idea of who they feel will win this game, but maybe this in-depth look will change your mind or at least give you something more to think about.

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