Tonight is the game that football fans have been waiting for all season. Maybe the most hyped game of the season is the Kansas City Chiefs versus the Los Angeles Rams. Tonight’s game, which was originally supposed to be played at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, could very well be a preview of the upcoming Super Bowl. Both teams are 9-1 and are currently leading their divisions. The Rams’ and Chiefs’ offenses are averaging the second and third most yards per play in NFL history, respectively, and no one has been able to slow them down. Each team’s lone loss was a shootout. The Chiefs lost to the Patriots 40 to 43. The Rams lost to the Saints 35 to 45.
These teams have playmakers at every position. Kansas City has superstars like quarterback Pat Mahomes, running back Kareem Hunt, wide receiver Tyreek Hill, and tight end Travis Kelce. Mahomes has electrified this offense since the Chiefs traded former starter and very cautious quarterback Alex Smith, who broke his leg yesterday. LA has last year’s offensive and defensive players of the year in running back Todd Gurley and defensive end Aaron Donald. They also have quarterback Jared Goff, who has proved why he was worthy of being selected number one overall after a disastrous start to his career. To top it off, the Rams’ defensive line is made up of four former first round picks.
This really should be the most fun game of the year to watch. These teams match up really well on paper, too. Their offensive and defensive stats per game are very similar. The things to keep an eye on are that the Chiefs average more yards per pass (310.7 to 253.9), and the Rams average more rushing yards (144.8 to 117.6). It could be very interesting to see if Coach Sean McVay allows Goff to open up the field more or if Gurley becomes more of a work horse. Does Mahomes’ star continue to shine or is this the game that he looks like it’s his first year playing?