Chiefs and Rams Meet in Most Anticipated Game of Recent Memory
The Los Angeles Rams saw their perfect record come to an end two weeks ago in New Orleans. It was a marquee showdown between the two highest-scoring teams in the NFC. Another high-octane matchup is on tap for the Rams tonight. They will face a test against the best team in the AFC. Quarterback Pat Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs pay them a visit to be played out on Monday Night Football.
This is the game in the NFL with the highest Over/Under in sports betting history.
TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN.
LINE: Rams -3. O/U: 63
The teams were originally scheduled to be played in Mexico City. Poor field conditions caused the change as players from both teams were lining up to boycott and not play. They were afraid of major injuries.
Both teams have identical 9-1 records. This marks only the fifth time since the 1970 merger that two clubs squared off in Week 11 with fewer than two losses each.
“It’s fun if you’re watching as a football fan; it’s not fun when you’re watching it getting ready to play them,” Los Angeles coach Sean McVay told reporters of facing Kansas City, which is averaging 35.3 points and features the league’s passing yards leader in Mahomes.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid understands the challenge of trying to match up with the Rams. The Rams have league-leading rusher Todd Gurley and quarterback Jared Goff, who is second to Mahomes in passing yards.
“You have to be disciplined,” Reid told reporters. “They’re a disciplined offense, so you have to be disciplined from a defensive standpoint. Then practice that way and then you go play.”
Gurley and Hunt are the only two running backs with more than 2,000 rushing yards since the start of the 2017 season.
Chiefs and Rams are Offensive Juggernauts and Boast Very Good Defenses
The Chiefs Mahomes had his streak of eight straight 300-yard performances halted in last week’s 26-14 win over Arizona. He did throw a pair of scoring passes to give him the franchise’s single-season record of 31 in only week 10. He only has seven interceptions.
Mahomes has thrown 18 TD passes and three interceptions for a passer rating of 125.9 in five road games this season.
Mahomes has a bevy of weapons at his disposal that includes game-breaking wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who has nine touchdowns, and tight end Travis Kelce. Kelce leads the team with 57 catches to go along with six scores.
Running back Kareem Hunt also is a dangerous double threat. He has 13 total TD’s on 754 yards rushing and 23 receptions.
Kansas City ranks 29th overall in defense with an average of 410.7 yards allowed but is tied for second in the league in sacks with 31.
The Rams Gurley is the NFL’s runaway leader in both rushing and touchdowns. He needs only 12 yards to reach 1,000 and has scored 17 times. That is two shy of his total from last year. The University of Georgia product is really coming into his own.
Goff has 22 scoring passes versus six interceptions. He has four straight games with a passer rating of at least 111.0. Goff has amassed 1,015 passing yards with seven scores and one interception in his last three home contests.
Cooper Kupp had a team-high six touchdown receptions before he was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks have 55 and 51 catches, respectively. They have three scores apiece.
Los Angeles features the league’s sacks leader in star defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who has 12.5. The defense only yields only 233.1 passing yards per game. The Saints did put up 346 on them.
PREDICTION: Rams 42, Chiefs 34,
NFL Betting Odds & Trends
|Kansas City Chiefs|
|Kansas City is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games|
|Kansas City is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City’s last 7 games|
|Kansas City is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road|
|Kansas City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City’s last 7 games on the road|
|Kansas City is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing LA Rams|
|Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing LA Rams|
|Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Rams|
Los Angeles Rams
|LA Rams is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games|
|LA Rams is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games|
|LA Rams is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home|
|LA Rams is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home|
|LA Rams is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City|
|LA Rams is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City|
|LA Rams is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas City|
Kansas City at Oakland Sunday, December 2
Los Angeles at Detroit Sunday, December 2
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