Just one week after giving us a battle between last-place teams, Monday Night Football will air what could be the NFL’s Game of the Year.
Kansas City and the Los Angeles Rams bring the best combined won-lost record into a Monday Night Football game since the 1990 Giants and 49ers met with a combined 20-2 record.
Most fans expect the Chiefs and Rams to provide more points than the 7-3 final score of that 1990 classic.
In fact, the over-under for the game opened as the highest in history, topping the St Louis Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” versus the 49ers in the 2000 season. That game opened at 59 points and closed at the record 61.5.
This week’s matchup already shifted downward after early betting, dropping from 64 to 63.5 as of Tuesday.
The Chiefs only loss came in a shootout against the New England Patriots, where Tom Brady put the final points on the board as time expired. Not a single Chief doubts they would have won if they got the ball last.
New Orleans outgunned the Rams, 45-35, in another shootout to give Los Angeles their only loss. The Saints made enough defensive stops to assure Los Angeles could not outscore Drew Brees.
Injuries and notes:
Sammy Watkins sat out last week’s game as a precaution with a foot injury. He remainsquestionable but is expected to play Monday night.
Center Mitch Morse is expected to clear the concussion protocol in time to play, too.
Linebacker Frank Zombo is also questionable with a hamstring issue.
Rams slot receiver, Cooper Kupp, is done for the season after tearing his ACL last week. Josh Reynolds will take his spot in three-receiver sets.
Veteran genius, Andy Reid, will match wits with one of the younger coaching geniuses making his mark on the league, Sean McVay.
McVay continues to hit most of the right buttons for Los Angeles but will be challenged to offset the loss of Kupp while working to shore up the Rams’ defense behind Aaron Donald.
Reid’s offense is just as explosive as McVay’s, but the Chiefs’ defense has shown more life than the Rams. With reinforcements coming from the injured reserve ranks, Kansas City arguably has a better chance to go deep into the playoffs than his young counterpart’s team.
How to watch the Rams-Chiefs game
ESPN will broadcast this Monday Night Football classic across the nation. Assuming your overpriced cable or satellite provider includes ESPN in a package you can afford, you can watch the game on a standard TV.
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Who will win the Rams-Chiefs game?
Points will be flying Monday night as Jared Goff and Todd Gurley argue with Pat Mahomes and Kareem Huntover which team has the best one-two punch in the NFL.
But it will be the defense who can make the most stops along the way that will decide the game. That gives a definitive edge to the team from the Midwest.
Final score: Chiefs 45, Rams 38