With ten weeks in the books on the 2018 NFL season, only two one-loss teams remain. And on Monday Night Football, for the entire world to see, the Los Angeles Rams (9-1) will host the Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) in primetime in Week 11.
Much like two weeks ago, when they faced off against the New Orleans Saints, the Rams’ defense is going to have their hands full on Monday, hoping to slow down the Chiefs’ high-powered offense which is averaging 35 points per game (2nd in the NFL).
It could be a long day for the Chiefs’ defense as well, though. They are coughing 410.7 yard per game (29th).
Can the Rams’ offense outpace the Chiefs in Week 11? Will the Rams’ defense step up and shut down the AFC powerhouse? The Turf Show Times’ staff make their predictions...
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Since the over/under is 63.5 points a new record for Vegas, the only score it could be if your Rams fan is 64-0 Rams. Take the over
Prediction: Rams win, 64-0
I’m still really concerned about the Rams’ secondary and ability to shut down top-tier opposing QB’s. I think this will be a shootout, and ultimately there will be some glaring weaknesses on the back end that will prevent the Rams from coming out on top. It will make a perfect MNF game, though, with a ton of points scored.
Prediction: Chiefs win, 42-35
Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)
Pat Mahomes is the real deal Holyfield. The pass rush will have to get going or else it will be a shootout until one team fucks up. My fandom says the Chiefs fuck up more. Plus the Rams will have home field at the Coli.
Prediction: Rams win, 42-35
Brennan Smith (@BrennanJSmith)
Patrick Mahomes likes ketchup on his Mac and cheese, so Rams by 80. Jk, jk. This is going to be difficult. After practicing in Colorado this week combined with the devastating wildfires in California impacting the Rams’ staff and players, and relocation of the game from Mexico City, just getting to kickoff has been an emotionally exhausting experience. It also happens to be against the best team in the AFC. That could be a boon to Los Angeles team rallying around their community or a drain that’s hard to overcome. Additionally, the Chiefs have a blueprint and the exact personnel the Rams struggled to contain against the Saints: a gunslinger quarterback, a talented running back and a speedster wide receiver. All of those factors for me add up to a Chiefs win.
Prediction: Chiefs win, 42-35
Eric Nagel (@Eric_nagel)
I don’t think either team will stop each other. It’ll be a toss-up, so I used my unbiased opinion to pick the Rams this time.
Prediction: Rams win, 45-42
Michael Frank (@TurfshowtimesMike)
Arizona proved that if you get in Pat Mahomes face that offense slows down. Chiefs will move the ball no doubt. In order to win Rams pass rush needs to get to Pat early and often. The defense must LIMIT the big plays by the Chiefs. If Rams do those two things Rams will win.
Prediction: Rams win, 45-35
Skye Sverdlin (@skyeattolah)
I find it hard to believe that the matchup of the year will actually live up to its billing, even though logically it should. Mahomes gifts a couple picks to the Rams, and that ends up being the difference.
Prediction: Rams win, 30-20
Elijah Kim (@Big_EZK)
The Rams get their “home” game back actually at home as the the Chiefs now make the journey to Los Angeles. In the highest ever O/U set, many are expecting fireworks in the contest with offenses lead by McVay-Goff and Reid-Mahomes. It’s hard to sleep on either offense with so many weapons (Todd Gurley, Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks). The defenses will both look to buck their seasonal trends and slow each other down.
After witnessing the Rams continue to play timely defense (the last drive of Seattle comes immediately to mind), coupled with Arizona’s ability to slow down the Chiefs last week, the Rams will look to take advantage of playing actually at home. Rams win in a shootout.
Prediction: Rams win, 41-35
The defense is going to need to be on point for this game. If the run defense is off, Kareem Hunt is going to make us pay, if there’s blown coverages, Patrick Mahomes will make us pay. We’re facing ourselves in that this team is a multifaceted Offensive threat. Our offense should be able to pick apart that defense. In all likely good this will break high scoring game records.
Prediction: Rams win, 51-50
Let’s face it: Kansas City is going to score and score often. Pretty sure our offense will march and up and down the field, as well. This game is going to come down to turnovers, red zone execution, and the kicking game – as in, the team that punts more than once will probably lose. I’m going with home field advantage and the Rams excellent 4th quarter defense here. Plus, the Chiefs usually hit their skid right about now, and they looked shaky against Arizona last week.
Prediction: Rams win, 45-42
Sosa Kremenjas (@QBsMVP)
I have faith. Patrick Mahomes or the Chiefs’ OL haven’t seen anything like #99 that sports horns yet, and my belief is that he helps slow down the Chiefs’ potent offense. The Rams’ offense is simply fantastic and I don’t believe anybody on the KC side is going to disrupt the Rams’ ability on that side of the ball. This game could go either way, but I’ll slide with the home team.
Prediction: Rams win, 42-40
This could be as entertaining as the Rams/Vikings game was with both teams going up and down the field. However, the Chiefs have two things going against them in this game.. They have the worst defensive side between the two and are the most penalized team in the league. Sorry Patty Pat, there isn’t enough ketchup in LA to make this meal taste better for you.
Prediction: Rams win, 48-41
These kind of games always look exciting and close on paper and then when they finally do the kickoff, it’s a one-aided affair. However, this game is gonna live up to the hype and be a high-scoring shootout. Both Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes will throw for 400 + yards, and 6 TD passes for King Goffrey.
Prediction: Rams win, 49-45
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Prediction: Rams win, 37-31
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
I see this one playing out very similarly to the New Orleans game. The Rams offense is going to be forced to play catch up after trailing early, and a late run simply won’t be enough for them to secure the win.
Prediction: Chiefs win, 38-34
That’s a whole lot (12 out of 15) of folks pickin’ the Rams!