By Russell S. Baxter
Will you be ready for some football this coming Monday night when the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs take on the 9-1 Los Angeles Rams in Mexico City? It’s another installment of the NFL’s International Series. Earlier this year, we saw three different games at London’s Wembley Stadium. But this interconference clash has had football fans buzzing all season.
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The Kansas City Chiefs are technically the visiting team for this matchup and head coach Andy Reid and his team bring a four-game winning streak into this interconference matchup. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was inactive for Sunday’s game with the Arizona Cardinals but is expected to be ready for this prime time showdown.
But the story for this team this season has been second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes. In 10 games this year, he’s already thrown for 3,150 yards and a single-season franchise-record 31 touchdowns (compared to only 7 interceptions). Along with Watkins (when healthy), the offense features running back Kareem Hunt (13), wide receiver Tyreek Hill (9) and tight end Travis Kelce (6). The trio has combined for 28 of the team’s 41 offensive touchdowns.
On defense, the Chiefs give up a lot of yards and plenty of points. And this unit has played better as of late. After giving up 43 points to the New England Patriots in the club’s only loss of the season, Kansas City has combined to allow just 68 points (17 points per game) in their last four contests.
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The Los Angeles Rams opened the season with eight wins are were the last team in the league to lose a game in 2018. Second-year head coach Sean McVay has quite the offensive cast in quarterback Jared Goff, wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods and prolific running back Todd Gurley. The latter was the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 and has been lights out this season to date.
The productive performer has run for 988 yards and 13 scores and is tied for third on the club with 40 catches, good for 402 yards and four touchdowns. He leads the league with 17 total TDs, nearly half of the Rams’ offensive touchdown total (36) this season.
On the other side of the football, the club features Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters and more. But the Los Angeles’ defense, like the Chiefs, has had its problems stopping the opposition. It all adds up to a potentially wild kind of game on Monday night. Enjoy.
Russell S. Baxter is the founder of ProFootballGuru.com and a member of the NFL media for 35 years and counting. You can follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.