Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Chargers - 1/1/23 NFL Picks and Prediction

Los Angeles Chargers (9-6) vs Los Angeles Rams (5-10)

Game Info: Sunday, January 1, 2023 at 4:25 pm (SoFi Stadium)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Chargers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 41.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers meet Sunday in week 17 NFL action at SoFi Stadium. The Los Angeles Rams have lost 7 of their last 9 games. The Los Angeles Chargers have won 3 straight games.

The Los Angeles Rams have lost 5 straight road games. Baker Mayfield is completing 69 percent of his passes for 571 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Cooper Kupp and Tyler Higbee have combined for 1,388 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns, while Ben Skowronek has 39 receptions. The Los Angeles Rams ground game is averaging 89.9 yards per contest, and Cam Akers leads the way with 559 yards and 7 touchdowns. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 22.3 points and 331 yards per game. Bobby Wagner leads the Los Angeles Rams with 126 tackles, Leonard Floyd has 8 sacks and Cobie Durant has 3 interceptions.

The Los Angeles Chargers have split their last 6 home games. Justin Herbert is completing 68 percent of his passes for 4,254 yards, 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Mike Williams and Joshua Palmer have combined for 1,499 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns, while Austin Ekeler has 99 receptions. The Los Angeles Chargers ground game is averaging 84.9 yards per contest, and Ekeler leads the way with 759 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 22.9 points and 342.4 yards per game. Drue Tranquill leads the Los Angeles Chargers with 129 tackles, Khalil Mack has 8 sacks and Bryce Callahan has 3 interceptions.

The Rams are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Chargers are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games in January and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 6-1 in Rams last 7 road games. The under is 4-0 in Chargers last 4 games overall. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The Los Angeles Chargers are the better team, obviously, and are playing for playoff seeding, so the motivation is there. However, the Los Angeles Rams have shown some fight over the last few weeks and the offense has some life with the addition of Mayfield. Also, this will be a home game for the Rams, as the Chargers get no love in the city. I don't see why the Rams' can't hang around here, especially when the Chargers fall on their face often right when you start to believe in them. 

Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Rams +6.5

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