The Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs did not disappoint on Monday Night Football. With over 1,000 total yards and 14 touchdowns, both teams combined for over 100 points as well. Perhaps the surprising aspect was all of the defensive plays, as the Rams had two defensive touchdowns (beneficiary of five turnovers) while the Chiefs had one defensive touchdown (beneficiary of two turnovers).
This contest was definitely one for the ages and perhaps highlights how the NFL is changing quickly before our eyes. Entering the game, with so many players to choose from, QB Mahomes, RB Hunt, and WR Watkins didn’t make my list as I tried to avoid too many of the “easy” players to choose. Of course, all they respectively did was set a MNF record with 6 TDs, have over 100 yards and a touchdown, and nothing (LOL). Below, let’s see how some of the other Chiefs fared in the thrilling contest.
CB Steven Nelson
Rated the 11th cornerback entering the contest, Nelson was going to have his hands full with all of the Rams weapons. Nelson had an up and down game and eventually was bested for some big plays for Brandin Cooks. For the game, Nelson had six total tackles and one beautiful pass defended that prevent a long play (potentially a touchdown).
Brandin Cooks owners on Salt Bae right now!! pic.twitter.com/PbLf4mNmnr— Tank Williams (@TankWilliams13) November 20, 2018
TE Travis Kelce
The Ohioan had a monster game with 10 catches for 127 yards and touchdown. Getting 15 targets, Mahomes was targeting Kelce early and often. On his touchdown, Kelce took advantage of a mismatch and great play design to walk in for his score.
The Chiefs tie it back up with a Kelce TD!— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) November 20, 2018
EDGE Dee Ford
Ford had a quiet game in the stat sheet but with the eye test it felt like he was all over the field. Credited with two tackles and a QB hit, many Chiefs fans were mad with this sequence when the Rams were able to score.
Witten praised the right tackle who [checks notes] false started and held Dee Ford.— Tom Martin (@TomKCTV5) November 20, 2018
Not called. pic.twitter.com/pC43YsFeJP
WR Tyreek Hill
As mentioned in the preview as the player I was scared most of, Hill did not disappoint. For the game, Hill had 10 receptions for 215 yards and two touchdowns, including a long play of 73 yards. Whether it was CB Sam Shields, Troy Hill, or Marcus Peters, everyone had trouble. Then again, it also may have helped to cover him.
.@cheetah peacin' into the end zone ✌️ #SCtop10— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 20, 2018
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DL Chris Jones
Chris Jones had a strong game with six total tackles and two sacks. Jones also had four QB hits, three tackles for loss, and one pass defended. The interior linemen really had they hands full both in the pass and run game as Todd Gurley didn’t get much going.
3- Chris Jones fue una pesadilla para la OL de los Rams. Sin duda, el mejor jugador de esa defensa en lo que llevamos de año. Swim moves, rips, chops, clubs y ese bull rush del último vídeo donde se lleva en patines al OL. Acabó con dos sacks y 3 tackles para pérdida de yardas. pic.twitter.com/SJFQcdicLe— Ruben Ibeas Garcia (@Rubenibg) November 20, 2018