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Rams and Chargers Fight for Los Angeles

Los Angeles welcomes two NFL teams for the first time in decades

Philip Rivers, Charger starting quarterback

Mike Nelson, Staff Reporter

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On Sept. 7, the 2017 National Football League (NFL) season will officially kickoff when the Kansas City Chiefs take on the New England Patriots. In Los Angeles, there are now two teams fighting for control – the Rams and the Chargers. It is the first time since the 1994 NFL season that Los Angeles will be home to two professional football teams.

The Chargers will play in Los Angeles for the first time since 1960 when they played in the renowned LA Coliseum. In 1961, the Chargers moved to San Diego and remained there until 2016. Witnessing two teams fight for control in Los Angeles will undoubtedly prove exciting for football fans.

Los Angeles Rams Preview:
The Rams are playing their second time as a franchise team in Los Angeles following their 21 year departure to St. Louis. Last year, the Rams finished 4-12 during regular season play, signifying a struggling start to their newfound return to Los Angeles. The team struggled to score throughout their first game year, finishing 32nd in the league in total offense, as well as last in the league in total yards.

In an attempt to change pace, the Rams hired Sean McVay as head coach. At age 30, McVay is currently the youngest head coach in NFL history.

Todd Gurley, the Ram’s starting running back, is expected to perform stronger than he did last year.

Los Angeles Chargers Preview:
After a rough 2016 NFL season, the Los Angeles Chargers want to improve upon their 5-11 performance. The Chargers hired new head coach Anthony Lynn.

The Chargers starting quarterback, Philip Rivers struggled last season, giving away twenty-one interceptions throughout in 2016. However, offensive talent has since improved, with players such as running back, Melvin Gordon, developing the team’s presence in the NFL.

Chargers also drafted Mike Williams as wide receiver, who will perform alongside starting wide receiver Keenan Allen, who has since recovered from his torn ACL injury last game season.

Antonio Gates, the starting tight end, is entering his 15th game season with the Chargers.

Chargers signed Russell Okung, an offensive tackle, as well as Joey Bosa at Defensive End, who performed well in his rookie season.

With a redesigned offensive line, and young draft picks, the Los Angeles Chargers are investing in their future.

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