Monday Night Observations

Hope you didn’t bet the under. The total of 105 was the third most in NFL history.

Even the defenses chipped in with three TDs of their own. I sat the Rams defense in a couple leagues, leaving 25 points on my bench. And congratulations to the Chiefs who became the first team ever to score 50-plus and lose.

As great as the game was, the ending was a little disappointing. Pat Mahomes almost certainly would have driven the Chiefs down for at least a field goal on the penultimate drive had he not been hit while throwing the ball, and we might have had overtime. While it was a good play to get to Mahomes, where the ball goes once the QB’s arm is jostled is dumb luck. That said, after a terrible offensive series by the Rams in which they failed to use Todd Gurley, the Chiefs got one last chance, and Mahomes threw his third pick.

Sean McVay made an ill-advised punt on 4th-and-1 from his own 25 with 6:44 left in the game. The Chiefs got the ball back and drove down the field for the go-ahead TD. In a game with 100-plus points, you don’t punt on 4th-and-1, no matter what the field position.

Jared Goff missed a couple throws, lost a fumble that was returned for a score and took five sacks. In between, he also passed for 413 yards (8.4 YPA), four TDs, no picks and ran in a score himself, despite missing one of his top targets in Cooper Kupp. Goff’s in a great system, but his weapons are merely good, not Chiefs-level, and he’s delivered all year.

Who would have thought that in a game where his team scored 54 points, Todd Gurley’s 13-game TD streak would come to an end? Even Julio Jones scored this weekend! (To be fair, Jones is a TD-machine now.) It almost seemed as though Gurley were nursing an injury, as Malcolm Brown was on the field a decent amount, and the team failed to use Gurley to close out the game before punting the ball back to the Chiefs for the final drive. In any event, he got 94 YFS at least.

Goff spread the ball around to his various receivers fairly evenly. Brandin Cooks (12-8-107) led the way, Josh Reynolds (8-6-80-1) filled in nicely for Kupp and Robert Woods (11-4-72-1) wasn’t efficient but cracked 70 yards and scored. Tight ends Tyler Higbee (7-6-63) and Gerald Everett (4-3-49-2) also got theirs.

Pat Mahomes turned the ball over five times, two of which were taken for TDs, but he padded his historic statistical season with six TDs, 478 yards (10.4 YPA) and 28 rushing yards.

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Like Gurley, Kareem Hunt was used sparingly – only 14 carries and four targets, but Hunt got into the end zone on one of his catches and totaled 111 YFS.

Tyreek Hill (14-10-215-2) showed what happens when he gets No. 1 WR volume. He caught a wide open 73-yard TD after the defender slipped, but his best catch was on the Chiefs final scoring drive where he tipped the ball to himself near the sidelines and kept it away from a defender. Travis Kelce went 15-10-127-1 with a couple drops, Chris Conley (8-7-74-2) played a big role and Sammy Watkins (foot) caught a short pass early then disappeared for the night.

It’s ironic that in a game where 105 points were scored, its MVP might have been defensive end Aaron Donald who had two sacks, two forced fumbles, four tackles and disrupted the Chiefs the entire game. Samson Ebukam also had a sack and scored two defensive TDs, but Donald made the first one happen and is the player typically seeing double teams.