Rams vs Chiefs: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Monday November 19th, 8:15 PM (ET),
LA Memorial Coliseum
The game of the year till this point, and a possible Super Bowl preview, occurs on Monday night. The Chiefs take on the Rams in the Coliseum, after field conditions forced the game to be moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles.
The Chiefs come into Monday night’s contest riding a four game win streak, and sitting at 9-1 on the season, 1st place in the AFC. Kansas City put the cruise control on last week and still came away with a 12-point victory over Arizona. Tyreke Hill continued his growth into a bonafide stud wideout, going for 117 yards and two touchdowns.
The Chiefs aren’t the only team with just one loss on the season, as the Rams enter Monday night with an identical 9-1 record. The Rams offense was their usual explosive self last week, gaining 456 yards of total offense. Brandin Cooks and Todd Gurley both eclipsed 100 total yards on the day, and will likely come close to similar outputs against a defense that ranks as the second-to-worst unit in the league. The loss of Cooper Kupp to a season ending ACL injury will be a huge hole to fill, but one that LA can overcome with not one, but a multitude of players. Josh Reynolds, Gerald Everett, and Pharoh Cooper (recently activated from IR) will all get looks out of the slot this week.
The two best offenses in football, according to statistics and the eye-test, will light up the scoreboard on Monday, and keep fans glued to their seats with must see TV. While the two offensive units are shiny and good for talk show topics, both teams struggle mightily on the defensive side of the ball. Los Angeles holds the edge in the trenches, as Aaron Donald leads the NFL in sacks, and Dante Fowler recorded his first strip sack as a member of the Rams in last week’s victory. The offenses will continue to fill up the stat sheet all night, but the Rams’ defensive line could be the ones that capture their team the “W” in the win column.
Score prediction: Rams win 38-35
The Chiefs are obviously one of the league’s best, but they didn’t look their dominant selves last week. It’s hard to turn the switch on and off throughout an NFL season. The Rams are a slightly more well rounded team. The addition of Pharoh Cooper, a pro bowl kick returner from a season ago, could be the difference maker in the game, as he flips the field advantage in LA’s favor.
OVER! OVER! OVER! These two teams average a combined 68.8 points per game on the season. On the defensive side of the ball, LA ranks 23rd in total defense, while KC comes in as the 31st best unit in football. Both teams have struggled to stop any and every offense they’ve seen this season. Expect the same, and likely worse, when they face off against the two biggest offensive juggernauts the NFL has to offer.
Head to Head
Kansas City has swept Los Angeles in their last six meetings with a 6-0 record. Kansas City has led in all statistical category opposed from passing yards.
- Kansas City is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games.
- Kansas City is 9-1 SU in their last 10 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City’s last 7 road games.
- Los Angeles is 9-1 SU in their last 10 games.
- Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in their last 5 home games.
- Los Angeles is 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games.