The Rams were 32nd and last in yards per play, and also 32nd in yards per pass. The good news is that they were 31st in yards per rush. Those numbers mean they scored only 224 points, an average of 14 a game, the lowest in the N.F.L. Hardly a way to take the town by storm.
But there are some big stars coming to Tinseltown, right?
Not exactly. The Rams somehow managed two Pro Bowl players, defensive tackle Aaron Donald and a punter, Johnny Hekker. (The Rams punted 98 times, second most in the league.) The Chargers will not help the star power: Their only selection was a cornerback, Casey Hayward, as a backup.
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At the marquee position of quarterback, the Chargers’ Philip Rivers churned out another so-so season. The Rams’ anemic offense was led first by the journeyman Case Keenum and later by the rookie Jared Goff, who has not yet lived up to being the No. 1 pick in the draft.
Are you seeing any strong contenders for cameos on “Family Guy” or “Code Black” in there?
Can I get a ticket?
While they wait for a new stadium to be finished, maybe for 2019, the Rams are playing in the ancient Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, whose huge capacity has meant that seats have been readily available. Sections of the stadium were often blocked off to avoid the sight of fans sunbathing in their own rows.
That could have been the case for the Chargers as well. But until the new stadium is ready, they have opted to play in the StubHub Center, in Carson, Calif., which seats only 27,000 for its primary tenant, the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. That will make the Chargers one of the toughest tickets in the N.F.L., no matter how bad they are.
At the very least, the Chargers will avoid the possibility of playing in front of thousands of empty seats.
Is this something new for Los Angeles?
Most people remember that the Rams played in the Los Angeles area for decades before heading to St. Louis and playing there from 1995 to 2015. But the Chargers are also coming home again.
In 1960, the first year of the American Football League, the Los Angeles Chargers played in the Coliseum. The team was actually good, with a 10-4 record and a trip to the championship game. But the owner Barron Hilton shipped the team to San Diego after one year.
“Chargers” was selected in a name-the-team contest and stuck around for all those years in San Diego.
Two teams, though. That makes Los Angeles pretty important, right?
Los Angeles joins East Rutherford, N.J., (Giants and Jets) as locales with two N.F.L. teams.
Is there a new logo?
The team began using a new logo on its social media accounts, although it is not getting sterling reviews so far. As you might expect, it’s an “LA” with a lightning bolt. It doesn’t help that the San Diego Chargers’ classic lightning bolt logo was revered.
Many people are seeing distinct similarities with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ logo, and maybe the Tampa Bay Lightning’s too.
Are there huge economic benefits coming?
The consensus of modern economists is that the benefits of a major sports franchise are dubious. Money spent on games would probably be spent on other forms of entertainment anyway, they say.
Any small financial gains may be negated by municipal subsidies and givebacks to teams anyway.
Most of the benefits to a city are psychic. Pro teams can make a city feel “major league,” although an inferiority complex is not something Los Angeles has generally been afflicted with (unless the topic is competing with New York for cultural relevance).
Isn’t there anyone for Los Angeles fans to look down on?
Sure. San Diego and St. Louis for starters.
Discounting Riverside, Calif., which could be considered part of the Los Angeles region, the biggest metropolitan area without an N.F.L. team is now San Diego, ranked 17th. St. Louis, the 20th biggest area, is next.
The biggest metropolitan area that has never had an N.F.L. team is 23rd-ranked Portland, Ore.
And Los Angeles remains a huge television market. Ultimately, broadcasting contracts are where the N.F.L. makes its money.