It’s Battle Los Angeles this coming Sunday, as the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers duke it out in what should be an entertaining battle. Will the Chargers win their 10th game of the season? Or will the Rams add more to their positive experience in the Baker Mayfield era? Check out our preview of this Rams vs. Chargers game in Week 17 of the 2023 NFL regular season.
Betting Preview for the Los Angeles Rams vs Los Angeles Chargers Week 17 Game on January 1, 2023
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, January 1, 2023, 8:20 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Los Angeles Rams (+6.5)
Regular Season Record: 5-10
The Rams are having success with quarterback Baker Mayfield, who is playing for a contract in 2023. That’s a good reason to expect an honest play from the most important player on the field for the Rams in Week 16 despite the fact that they are no longer in contention for a playoff spot. The Rams are 2-1 straight up since Mayfield arrived, and in their most recent game, they blew the Denver Broncos out of the water in a 51-14 home win on Christmas Day. Granted that it was against a disaster that was the Broncos, the Rams showed that they are clicking under Mayfield, and that could continue into Week 17 against the Chargers, who are just 21st in the NFL in total defense with 22.9 points allowed per game.
The Rams are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall.
Betting on the Los Angeles Chargers (-6.5)
Regular Season Record: 9-6
The Chargers are streaking. Justin Herbert and the Bolts have won each of their last three games and are 4-1 in their last five overall. Like the Rams, the Chargers took down a cream puff in Week 16, beating the Indianapolis Colts on the road to the tune of a 20-3 score. Running back Austin Ekeler showed the way for the Chargers in that game with 67 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, while wide receiver Keenan Allen had 11 receptions for 104 receiving yards. The Chargers have the offensive firepower to rattle the Rams and keep Mayfield and company off the field longer than the Broncos did. After all, Denver has the worst offense in the league. The Chargers, on other hand, are third in the NFL with 270.1 passing yards per game and 19th in third-down conversion rate (42.2%).
The Chargers are 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games in Week 17.
The Chargers win, 23-19.
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