The Rams’ playoff hopes took a surprisingly strong forward leap last weekend while the Chargers’ plans were at least delayed—if not worse.
The 7-7 Chargers lost 30-13 in Kansas City.
The 10-4 Rams won much more easily than anticipated in Seattle, 40-6.
Two games remain in the regular NFL season.
The Rams, leading the Western Division by two games over Seattle, play the 6-10 Titans in Tennessee on Sunday at 10 o’clock, Channel 11,
The Chargers go to New York Sunday to meet the 5-9 Jets at 10 on Channel 2.
The Rams continued their remarkable turnaround from last season when running back Todd Gurley II splurged for 180 yards of offense. He scored four times.
Gurley’s 17 touchdowns lead the NFL. His 1,817 all-purpose yards rank second.
Gurley clearly is a Most Valuable Player candidate.
“I am obviously going to be bias toward Todd,” said Coach Sean McVay.
“But if you just look at it from a production standpoint, he has been as productive as any player.
“Todd had a great game a in Seattle, but he will tell you that the success he’s had is a credit to his teammates. He is certainly a special player.
“I think Todd’s success is a reflection of our offensive unit.”
Coach McVay himself is a contender for a blue ribbon award – Coach of the Year.
“Just like everything else,” he said, “this is a reflection of our entire coaching staff.
“To even be in a position where we are winning football games, I can’t say enough about the coaching staff.”
The Chargers, however, face a different prospect.
They must win their last two games – including Dec. 31against the Raiders – to have a playoff chance.
They also must hope several rivals will be losing.
Quarterback Philip Rivers, meanwhile, must stop throwing interceptions.
Rivers was picked off three times by Kansas City.
If he keeps throwing into double- and triple-coverage, the Chargers will not make the playoffs.
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