By Steve Finley
The Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers stayed true to form in their preseason openers. The Rams and the Dallas Cowboys played a close defensive dominated game with Los Angeles winning the contest 13-10 last Saturday at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The Chargers looked good for the first few minutes of the game before being dominated by the Seattle Seahawks 48-17 last Sunday at the StubHub Center in Carson.
Both teams will play their second preseason game this weekend, when the Rams travel to Oakland to battle the Raiders at the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum at 7 p.m. and the Chargers take on the New Orleans Saints at the StubHub Center at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The Rams’ first team offense came with second year quarterback Jared Goff completing three out of four passes, that helped his team score a touchdown. The score occurred when receiver Robert Woods fumbled the ball into the end zone and receiver Cooper Kupp recovered it.
The Rams offense should improve with the addition of speedy receiver Sammy Watkins. “I’m definitely excited and honored to be here,” said Watkins last Saturday. “I really can’t wait to get started just learning the plays and being with the guys.” Watkins played for the Buffalo Bills the last few years.
“We will take the win but there are certainly some things we need to clean up, but it was a great opportunity to get a win in front of our fans,” said Rams head coach Sean McVay after the game.
McVay talked about the overall play of his team. “Our defense flew around and our special teams did a nice job but we have to take care of the football.”
The Chargers first team offense and defense looked outstanding but their second and third team players had problems keeping up with a good Seahawks team. “We have to stay on top of things but obviously we did not play well as a unit,” said Charger running back Melvin Gordon after the game.
“We have to get better because you never know, God forbid someone might get injured but it all starts with the first team,” said Gordon.