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The Chargers and Rams will meet on the field on Sunday , but both teams are trying to achieve a common goal off it try

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The progress so far mirrors the tour of the LA Stadium at the Hollywood Park site in Inglewood a slow build.“The wheel is starting to spin faster, and it is heading in the right direction. We understand that Los Angeles Rams Customized Jerseys it is going to take time,” said Chargers chief marketing and strategy officer Jeffrey Pollack.“The live NFL experience took a 20-year hiatus from Los Angeles. What we both share is trying to reignite the love for the live NFL experience.”Sunday’s game at the LA Memorial Coliseum marks the sixth time that two Los Angeles teams will meet. The previous time was Nov. 13, 1994, when the Raiders defeated the Rams 20-17 at Anaheim Stadium.Both teams cite increased season ticket and single-game sales, but the TV ratings remain low. The Nielsen rating for the Chargers’ game in Buffalo last Sunday was 7.9 while the Rams’ game against the Cardinals drew a 5.6 locally.That was a big drop from Week 1, when the Monday Night game against the Raiders drew a 16.7.The Chargers averaged a 6.0 locally last season in their first season back in Los Angeles. The bigger concern might be the Rams, who averaged a 9.0 when they moved to LA in 2016 but fell to 8.0 last season despite winning the NFC West.For both teams, the ratings aren’t close to what they averaged in their former homes. The Rams had a 19.7 rating in St. Louis in 2015 and the Chargers a 24.4 in San Diego in 2016.Both teams though are quick to point out that the television measuring audience in LA compared to the other two markets is more than five times as large.Despite the low TV ratings, Rams Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff sees signs of growth elsewhere. He pointed out that attendance at training camp in Irvine increased this season and that fans were more engaged at last week’s Cardinals game despite the Rams putting it away at halftime.“Whether it is seeing more T-shirts at the farmer’s market or hats at the beach it is great to see this team growing in the collective subconscious,” he said.Both teams are building their hopes toward 2020, when they move into the new stadium. Tuesday’s tour was the first opportunity reporters and most team executives got to see construction from the floor of the stadium, which is half completed. Installation of the massive roof panels has already started.The new stadium will seat 70,240 , including 260 luxury suites and 13,000 premium seats.“It looks like a stadium now,” Chargers President of Business Operations A.G. Spanos said. “To be inside the bowl and see the shape of it you can visualize what it is going to look like.”Sunday’s game between the Chargers (1-1) and Rams (2-0) at the LA Memorial Coliseum will be another barometer in how much growth remains not only for the rest of this season, but in being able to draw fans to the new stadium.Both teams are considered playoff contenders, and it’s possible they could meet in Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta.In a sports marketplace that will only get more crowded next month with a probable Dodgers’ postseason appearance and LeBron James debut with the Lakers, Rams coach Sean McVay sees room for everyone.“I think there’s a lot of opportunities because of the fans and because of all the different resources at our disposal that there’s enough room for two good football teams,” he said.“That’s what we want to try to do continue to try to put out a product that our fans can be proud of and something that they want to come out and support.”___Follow Joe Reedy at The Rams head to the Superdome with a full complement of offensive weapons.Receiver Cooper Kupp, who injured his knee on October 14 against the Broncos, will return to action when the Rams face the Saints.“You’re talking about a great football player that [is] extremely trustworthy in crunch-time situations or really throughout the course of the game,” coach Sean McVay told reporters on Friday when explaining that Kupp will return. “His knowledge, his understanding of what we’re trying to get done, his ability to compete with and without the ball. He’s a special player. So getting somebody like him back that’s had as much production as he has really since he got here last year is going to be big for our offense.”Having Kupp available will help the Rams exploit any openings that may arise in the passing game, as the Saints try to put the clamps on the Rams’ rushing attack.“They’re really stout up front,” McVay said regarding the Saints’ rush defense. “They do a great job playing blocks — getting into some single-high structures Los Angeles Rams Hats , where they’ve got their safeties as part of the fits. But, what we do is, we’re worried about being efficient on offense, whether that’s running or throwing it. I think the key for us is that early-down efficiency. That’s where they’ve done an excellent job of forcing negative plays on those early downs, where you almost force people to have to throw it on second and third down, often times when you’re playing with the lead. . . . Really, it’s about us just doing an excellent job with the execution, whether that’s running it or throwing it. It’s going to be a great challenge in the noise.”The Rams used simulated noise this week to prevent a decibel debacle at the Superdome.“The music was loud, we got some good work,” McVay said. “We’ll see how it is. I know it’s going to be a rocking atmosphere at the Superdome and we’re certainly looking forward to it. Got some good noise going this week.”That experience will be useful to the Rams, given that the Super Bowl will be played at the new dome in Atlanta — and given that fans of the AFC team that qualifies for the game overrun the venue, ensuring that it will be loud when the Rams are trying to get things done offensively. Regardless of the noise, the return of Kupp will make it easier for the Rams’ offense to do what it needs to do.
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