Chargers-Rams posts worst preseason ratings in 13 years

August 26, 2017 - Los Angeles, CA, USA - The Chargers' Matt Weiser can't come up with the catch under pressure from the Rams'Isaiah Johnson during the Chargers' 21-19 victory over the Rams during their NFL exhibition game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, August 26, 2017 (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
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A year removed from when NFL regular-season ratings dominated the headlines, focus now shifts to its preseason ratings.

There are two franchises in New York (New Jersey, technically) and now, there are two franchises in Los Angeles. With the Chargers punting the city of San Diego in favor of the city two hours north, there now exists the Chargers vs. Rams rivalry.

But when the two teams locked up during Week 3 of the preseason, it produced the lowest ratings for the league in 13 years (h/t The Big Lead). The previous record was held by two Florida teams, in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars, but the unwanted distinction is now held by the Chargers and Rams.

The Chargers opened the game on a 21-0 run, seemingly pulling away from their Los Angeles counterparts, before nearly salting the contest away. The Rams countered with 19 unanswered points but ultimately the Chargers hung on for a 21-19 win.

With the Rams having settled in L.A. last season, they are able to call up the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum home. The Chargers moving this season means they will call the StubHub Center in Carson their home turf, even if the building’s long-term future is in futbol and not football.

The Rams will get the home opener for the city, welcoming in the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 10 during Week 1. The Chargers spend Week 1 on the road, before having their home opener Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins.

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