Rams vs Chiefs : It’s finally here. The game everyone’s been waiting for will kick off on Monday night as the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs will visit the 9-1 Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum. The move from Mexico City has hardly put a damper on this highly anticipated matchup, which many are calling a Super Bowl preview.
There are several things that make this a historically great matchup – including the NFL record 63.5-point over/under while the Rams are 3.5-point favorites at home. It’s expected to be a high-scoring affair with the two teams each putting up more than 33 points per game, but which one will come out on top Monday?
We’re here to predict just that. While neither team should have much trouble scoring in this one, it could come down to which team has the ball last. Neither defense is particularly good, but the Chiefs’ has been more consistent of late.
Kansas City hasn’t allowed more than 23 points in any of its last four games and has done so just once since Week 4 – a 43-40 loss to the Patriots. The Rams, on the other hand, have been gashed lately, 103 points in their last three games. granted, the level of competition has been far greater for Los Angeles, but it’s had trouble slowing down its opponents.
Now, the Rams face their toughest defensive test with Patrick Mahomes, Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce coming to town. Ultimately, the Chiefs offense will be too much for the Rams and will lift Kansas City to victory.
Final score prediction: Chiefs 41, Rams 38
Given the success of the Rams, it’s difficult to predict a loss against any opponent. They’ve shown they can hang with anyone, even the seemingly unstoppable Saints. However, the Chiefs might be the best team in the league with a secondary just good enough to slow down the Cooper Kupp-less Rams.
Seeing Los Angeles win this one wouldn’t be the least bit surprising. After all, the Rams are favored by 3.5 points. There are just too many favorable matchups for Kansas City in this one, from its relentless pass rush to Hill matching up against any cornerback in the secondary.
Not to mention, the Rams have had a crazy two weeks, from losing Kupp to the tragic shooting in Thousand Oaks to the wildfires to practicing in Colorado Springs. Nothing about their schedule has been normal lately, and while Sean McVay will have his players ready, the team hasn’t been in a routine.
A shootout is almost certainly coming, it’s just that the Chiefs will score last and come away with a close win.