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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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LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 16: Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams passes during the third quarter in a 34-0 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 16: Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams passes during the third quarter in a 34-0 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Rams’ passing offense vs. Chargers’ passing defense

Like the Rams, the Chargers also possess an impressive secondary. The way these two teams plan for this game should be the close to the same. The Chargers should be focused on running the ball and stopping the run while the Rams should be focused on running the ball and stopping the run.

The Rams love to use Gurley to set up their passing attack and it usually works. That has been a huge reason why Jared Goff has become a competent passing quarterback. The other reason is the offensive mind of head coach Sean McVay.

The Rams don’t have as many weapons at the receiver position as the Chargers do, but Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp are good possession receivers and Brandin Cooks is among the league’s most dangerous deep threats.

What the Rams do have that the Chargers don’t is a tight end that can make plays in the passing game. In fact, they have two. Both Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett are players the Chargers will have to be wary of.

Still, like the Rams, the Chargers will welcome Goff throwing against their secondary on third-and-long. Getting there won’t be easy, though, as that will mean slowing down Gurley.

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