Not only is football back, but the Los Angels-San Francisco rivalry is as well. The Los Angeles Rams are scheduled to head up north to the bay to take on the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night.

The two division rivals have been an afterthought in the division for the last couple of years, but that doesn’t take from the intensity of their games.

HBO’s Hard Knocks might have entertained the fans, but it might’ve helped other teams when playing against the Rams.

Regardless, the Rams are looking to give the 49ers a heavy dose of Todd Gurley. Even if the team knows it’s coming, it’s hard to stop him. Gurley is looking to build off his rookie year in which he ran for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns, and earned the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Gurley didn’t play in the second game of the series, but in the first game he popped off for 133 yards with one touchdown. His 6.7 yards per carry helped the Rams easily defeated the 49ers 27-6.

 

The world will have to continue to wait to see Jared Goff in real NFL action as Case Keenum will be getting the start. Keenum. Keenum started five games last year and went 3-2 in those starts. In his one start against the 49ers, he threw for 231 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

Los Angeles is hoping that Tavon Austin can take the next step after the team gave him a new contract during the offseason. This is Austin’s fourth year in the league, and he has yet to earn over 473 receiving yards in a season. He needs to step up if the Rams are going to make any noise this season.

Like the Rams, the 49ers main threat is their running back. Carlos Hyde runs hard, and the Rams defense led by Aaron Donald are hoping to shut him down.

The 49ers are starting Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, and he won his only game against the Rams last year. Gabbert threw for 354 yards with one touchdown and interception in San Francisco’s overtime win.

Divisional games are always intense, and the with the Rams now in Los Angeles, the rivalry should be taking another step.

The newly moved franchise is looking for a new start in a new city. The Rams haven’t had a winning season since 2003, and they’re hoping to break that streak this year in Los Angeles.

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