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Chiefs vs Rams: The New King of The NFL

The New King of the NFL: Los Angeles Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Is a Los Angeles Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl Inevitable?

 

History has taught us not to anoint the Super Bowl champion in October, before the NFL season is even 50% complete. Plenty of teams with the best regular season record fall short in the playoffs, and plenty of teams with questionable playoff odds get hot at the right time and end up becoming the Super Bowl winner that nobody saw coming.

But even with that in mind, you’d have a hard time arguing against the idea that not only are the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs two of the very best teams in the NFL this season, but the presumptive favorites to represent their respective conferences in Super Bowl LIII.

To critics who’ll say that “we’ve seen this movie before,” as far as the Kansas City Chiefs ripping through the first half of the season, they’re half right. Last year, we saw the Chiefs storm out to a 5-0 record, and humiliate the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the process. As we all know, Kansas City then proceeded to finish with a 10-6 record and become a “one-and-done” in the postseason.

Patrick mahomes

Patrick Mahomes

But the 2017 version of the Chiefs didn’t have Patrick Mahomes under center; or, more specifically, a quarterback who’s putting up statistics and making plays that we previously saw in video games. Mahomes is on pace to throw 50 touchdown passes, which would tie him for the 2nd-most in NFL history if that were to happen. On top of the fact that he’s got weapons like Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Kareem Hunt around him indicates that what we’re seeing right now is plenty sustainable. That’s especially the case given that Kansas City’s otherwise porous defense is going to force the team into a lot of shootouts, and there are few teams who want to find themselves in that type of situation against the Chiefs.

Team Stats and Rankings Table
      Tot Tot Tot     Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Rush Rush Rush Rush Rush
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Stats 260 3062 441 6.9 6 1 173 163 251 2192 22 5 8.5 105 182 870 7 4.8 50
Opp. Stats 182 3048 482 6.3 10 3 188 190 303 2216 11 7 6.9 113 160 832 9 5.2 55
Lg Rank Offense 1 3     3 2 4   17 5 1 13 3   16 10 7 8  
Lg Rank Defense 21 32     18 21 32   32 31 12 10 25   7 23 29 30  
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/26/2018.

Chiefs Stats

 

And when it comes to the Rams? What they’re doing right now shouldn’t be surprising, considering we anointed them a Super Bowl favorite in the preseason, given the year they were coming off in 2017, and the way they pushed their proverbial poker chips into the center of the table, going “all in” for this season.

todd-gurley

Todd Gurley

You’d think that with an offseason to study the Rams’ offense, opposing teams would be better prepared to stop it. Given what we’re seeing, that couldn’t be any further from the truth. The Rams are on pace to finish among the 10 highest scoring teams in NFL history (not to mention breaking the franchise record for points in a season, set by the “Greatest Show On Turf” 1999 St. Louis team). With 14 touchdowns in seven games, running back Todd Gurley is on pace to break the single-season touchdown record, set by LaDainian Tomlinson over a decade ago. Head coach Sean McVay is absolutely toying with opposing defenses each week with the schemes he creates, getting so many of his mostly unheralded wide receivers open.

Team Stats and Rankings Table
      Tot Tot Tot     Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Rush Rush Rush Rush Rush
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Stats 235 3125 450 6.9 6 1 179 152 219 2053 14 5 8.9 100 219 1072 11 4.9 64
Opp. Stats 128 2292 403 5.7 12 5 125 153 236 1591 11 7 6.2 77 148 701 3 4.7 37
Lg Rank Offense 3 2     3 2 2   26 7 11 13 1   1 1 2 6  
Lg Rank Defense 4 7     10 9 5   11 9 12 10 9   2 12 3 26  
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/26/2018.

Rams Stats

Like the Chiefs, the Rams have their own questions on the defensive side of the ball, but moreso as a result of the injuries they’ve sustained this year. But, again, with the firepower both the Rams and the Chiefs currently possess, they simply have the ability to outscore anyone they face.

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