At Los Angeles Rams
4:00 p.m. ET
79 degrees, clear
Key Decision #1: (LAC ball, trailing 28-13 / fourth-and-2 LAR 20 / 8:28 Q3)
• Instead of taking a FG and cutting the lead to 28-16, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn made what we felt was an unusual decision to go for the first down, even though there was plenty of time remaining in the game.
• The Chargers successfully converted for a TD and cut the lead to 28-20, but the decision still is one we would not have made.
• Rams head coach Sean McVay continues to impress us with his game-closing instincts; as soon as his team has an opportunity to deliver knockout blows to the other team, he stays aggressive with his play calls on offense, and DC Wade Phillips does the same on defense.
• The Rams lost both of their starting corners in this game, Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. The Chargers did a good job of exploiting this and adjusting for the absence of these players.
• The Rams not only have an excellent defense and offense, they also have an elite special teams unit coached by ST coordinator John Fassel. In this game, the Rams blocked a punt for a TD by using an effective line stunt that freed a Rams special teamer for a decisive block.
• The Rams are so efficient and proficient on offense that they actually do not run a wide variety of plays; they have become so good at executing a small handful of plays from different formations that they don’t need to dig deep into their playbook very often. Wide receiver runs from tight to the formation, shovel passes, and screens are run over and over again to great effect. The Rams’ tempo and discipline on offense are excellent; they will be difficult to stop all season.