NFL Game Previews: Chiefs-Rams Matchup
NFL Game Previews: Chiefs-Rams Matchup

This article is part of our NFL Game Previews series.

Kansas City (+3.5) at L.A. Rams, 63.5 o/u – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST

The Story: Originally scheduled to be played in Mexico City, the game got moved to Los Angeles due to concerns about the quality of the field at Estadio Azteca. That might make the over/under line a little ambitious, as the game is no longer being played 7,200 feet above sea level, but then again these two teams combine for 68.8 points a game, so maybe it's not completely out of reach. The Chiefs' defense seems to have turned things around, though. They've held six of their last seven opponents to 23 points or less, with only the Patriots blowing past that mark, although the Pats are also the only one of those offenses that can hold a candle to the Rams. Patrick Mahomes is coming off his least productive performance of the year and is nursing a minor foot injury, but even in a "bad" game he still posted an 8.9 YPA and 75 percent completion rate, and threw three passes of 20 or more yards. Los Angeles continues to play things close to the vest. Despite the dominant reputation they established early in the year, five of their last six wins have come by a single score, with lowly San Francisco being the only team they've managed to blow out. Losing Cooper Kupp for the year to a torn ACL could also put a crimp in the passing game given his chemistry with Jared Goff

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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