Monday Night Football 2018

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

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While fans can watch this upcoming “Monday Night Football” game on the NFL network available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the NFL Network in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

But if $25 per month doesn’t fit into your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime — as long as you own a smartphone.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy tonight’s game at no cost. The same goes for all in market games including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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Monday Night Football odds, line: Chiefs vs. Rams picks and predictions from legendary expert who’s 14-3 on Kansas City gamesMicah Roberts has his finger on the pulse of Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.The Los Angeles Rams host the Kansas City Chiefs in a game with mammoth offensive potential on Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m. ET. The Rams are second in the NFL in total offense at 448.0 yards per game, while the Chiefs are fourth with 423.1. KC has the edge in scoring, putting up 35.3 points per game, while the Rams average 33.5.

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Each team enters the game at 9-1 overall. Los Angeles is favored by a field goal in the latest Chiefs vs. Rams odds, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 63, the highest total for an NFL game in at least 30 years. Before making any Chiefs vs. Rams picks of your own, you’ll want to see what SportsLine’s resident Vegas legend, Micah Roberts, is saying about the game.

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Roberts has worked in the Las Vegas sportsbook industry for 20 years, including a 13-year run as Station Casinos’ book director. Armed with an unmatched network of sources, Roberts has started the 2018 NFL season strong. He’s on a 27-17 run on NFL picks and has been especially adept at games involving the Chiefs. In fact, Roberts is on an astonishing 14-3 run on against the spread picks for or against Kansas City. Anyone who has followed him is way up.Now, he’s locked in a strong play for Monday Night Football that you can only see at SportsLine.

Roberts knows the offense garners the headlines for Kansas City, and justifiably so, but the defense has shown a marked improvement the last month. The Chiefs are allowing just 17 points per game the last four weeks compared to 28.2 in the first six games.

The offense hasn’t slowed down, however, despite the defense stepping it up. NFL MVP contender Patrick Mahomes is averaging 315 yards and three touchdowns per game. Against the Patriots, Bengals, and Broncos in successive games, he threw four touchdowns each week and has only failed to toss multiple scores twice this season. The threw six TDs against the Steelers in Week 2.

Opponents can’t concentrate solely on Mahomes and the passing attack because running back Kareem Hunt is averaging 4.5 yards per rush, with 754 yards and seven TDs. He has 22 runs over 10 yards and six of 20-plus yards.But just because the Chiefs have been unstoppable doesn’t mean they’ll cover against the red-hot Rams.

The Chiefs garner the headlines, but the Rams’ offense is nearly as good, averaging 33.5 points, third-most in the NFL. It’s racked up more yards than the Chiefs, backed by the best pass-run combo in the league.QB Jared Goff has thrown for 3,134 yards, 16 fewer than Mahomes, with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. He’s flanked by running back Todd Gurley, the league-leader in yards (988) and TDs (13). And statistically, the Rams’ defense is far better than its KC counterpart. It ranks 13th in the NFL in yards allowed and is giving up 23.1 points per game, ranking 12th.

We can tell you Roberts is leaning toward the over, but he has uncovered a major x-factor that causes one side of the spread to hit hard. He’s sharing what it is, and who to back, only at SportsLine.

Who wins Chiefs vs. Rams? And what major x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side to jump on, all from the Vegas legend who’s an astonishing 14-3 run on Chiefs games, and find out.

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Rams vs Chiefs  Live odds, line: Monday Night Football picks, predictions from model on 10-0 roll,SportsLine’s advanced computer model simulated Monday’s Chiefs vs. Rams game 10,000 timesIn perhaps the most-anticipated game of the NFL regular season, a potential Super Bowl preview takes place on Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m. ET when the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams meet at LA Memorial Coliseum.

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Rams vs. Chiefs odds,Both division-leading clubs are among the odds-on favorites to win the 2019 Super Bowl, with the Rams listed at 3-1 and the Chiefs close behind at 5-1. The marquee matchup in Week 11 was supposed to take place in Mexico City, but concerns over poor field conditions at Estadio Azteca has moved Chiefs vs. Rams to Southern California. LA is a three-point favorite and the over-under for total points scored is a historic 63 in the latest . Before you make any Rams vs. Chiefs picks, be sure to check out what SportsLine’s advanced computer model has to say. 

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In a straight-up, pick’em format, the proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and 2017, performing better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000. The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering Week 11 on a blistering 10-0 run. For the season, it is now 24-9 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 72-43. And when it comes to all straight-up picks, the model is 98-48 this season, again ranking in the top 15 for NFLPickWatch.com. It’s 8-3 straight-up on Monday Night Football this season, and anybody who has been following it is way, way up.

Now, it has simulated Chiefs vs. Rams 10,000 times, and while we can tell you it’s leaning Over, it’s also produced a strong point-spread selection that hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. That pick is only available at SportsLine.

The model knows Kansas City is led by breakout sensation Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback it moved up to take in the first round of last year’s NFL Draft. His 3,150 passing yards are tops in the league entering Week 11. He has thrown 31 touchdowns against seven interceptions while completing 67 percent of his attempts. Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt is fourth in rushing at 754 yards per game and third in carries with 167. He has 13 total touchdowns this season, including six through the air.The Chiefs have covered in all five of their road games, winning four of them outright, but they are no sure thing to make it six straight against a Rams club that hopes to continue its own dominant run.

The Rams’ answer to Mahomes is Jared Goff, last season’s breakout star who has rapidly gone from being perceived as a potential bust as a top overall pick to a franchise quarterback for years to come. Goff’s 3,134 passing yards rank second in the NFL to Mahomes. He has completed 68.4 percent of his attempts for 22 touchdowns against six interceptions. Los Angeles also features arguably the league’s most versatile weapon in running back Todd Gurley. He leads the NFL with 988 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. He also has 402 receiving yards and four more scores.

Who wins Rams vs. Chiefs? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on Monday, all from the computer model that has returned nearly $4,000 to $100 bettors over the past two seasons.

Chiefs vs Rams

Chiefs vs Rams Live NFL Game Online Sports odds, line: Monday Night Football picks, predictions from model on 10-0 rollSportsLine’s advanced computer model simulated Monday’s Chiefs vs. Rams game 10,000 times.Normally, the 9-1 Chiefs at the 9-1 Rams would be the game of the year—it probably still is—and we’d be celebrating it breathlessly. And we still may, in the hours before the game; I’ll help in a moment. But two things have overshadowed it.

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In perhaps the most-anticipated game of the NFL regular season, a potential Super Bowl preview takes place on Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m. ET when the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams meet at LA Memorial Coliseum. Both division-leading clubs are among the odds-on favorites to win the 2019 Super Bowl, with the Rams listed at 3-1 and the Chiefs close behind at 5-1. The marquee matchup in Week 11 was supposed to take place in Mexico City, but concerns over poor field conditions at Estadio Azteca has moved Chiefs vs. Rams to Southern California. LA is a three-point favorite and the over-under for total points scored is a historic 63 in the latest Rams vs. Chiefs odds. Before you make any Rams vs. Chiefs picks, be sure to check out what SportsLine’s advanced computer model has to say. 
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In a straight-up, pick’em format, the proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and 2017, performing better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering Week 11 on a blistering 10-0 run. For the season, it is now 24-9 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 72-43. And when it comes to all straight-up picks, the model is 98-48 this season, again ranking in the top 15 for NFLPickWatch.com. It’s 8-3 straight-up on Monday Night Football this season, and anybody who has been following it is way, way up.

Now, it has simulated Chiefs vs. Rams 10,000 times, and while we can tell you it’s leaning Over, it’s also produced a strong point-spread selection that hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. That pick is only available at SportsLine.

The model knows Kansas City is led by breakout sensation Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback it moved up to take in the first round of last year’s NFL Draft. His 3,150 passing yards are tops in the league entering Week 11. He has thrown 31 touchdowns against seven interceptions while completing 67 percent of his attempts.

Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt is fourth in rushing at 754 yards per game and third in carries with 167. He has 13 total touchdowns this season, including six through the air.

The Chiefs have covered in all five of their road games, winning four of them outright, but they are no sure thing to make it six straight against a Rams club that hopes to continue its own dominant run.

The Rams’ answer to Mahomes is Jared Goff, last season’s breakout star who has rapidly gone from being perceived as a potential bust as a top overall pick to a franchise quarterback for years to come.

Goff’s 3,134 passing yards rank second in the NFL to Mahomes. He has completed 68.4 percent of his attempts for 22 touchdowns against six interceptions. Los Angeles also features arguably the league’s most versatile weapon in running back Todd Gurley. He leads the NFL with 988 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. He also has 402 receiving yards and four more scores. Who wins Rams vs. Chiefs? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on Monday, all from the computer model that has returned nearly $4,000 to $100 bettors over the past two seasons.

Los Angeles Rams vs Kansas City Chiefs

Los Angeles Rams vs Kansas City Chiefs Live Onaline Free Game In TV and  PC have had success with high-scoring offenses in the past. But heading into their Monday night matchup in Week 11, the former in-state rivals are more balanced and explosive than ever in 2018, the highest-scoring season overall in NFL history.It’s finally here. The game everyone’s been waiting for will kick off on Monday night as the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs will visit the 9-1 Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum. The move from Mexico City has hardly put a damper on this highly anticipated matchup, which many are calling a Super Bowl preview.

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There are several things that make this a historically great matchup – including the NFL record 63.5-point over/under while the Rams are 3.5-point favorites at home. It’s expected to be a high-scoring affair with the two teams each putting up more than 33 points per game, but which one will come out on top Monday?We’re here to predict just that. While neither team should have much trouble scoring in this one, it could come down to which team has the ball last. Neither defense is particularly good, but the Chiefs’ has been more consistent of late.

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Kansas City hasn’t allowed more than 23 points in any of its last four games and has done so just once since Week 4 – a 43-40 loss to the Patriots. The Rams, on the other hand, have been gashed lately, 103 points in their last three games. granted, the level of competition has been far greater for Los Angeles, but it’s had trouble slowing down its opponents.

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Sign up for the Rams Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morningNow, the Rams face their toughest defensive test with Patrick Mahomes, Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce coming to town. Ultimately, the Chiefs offense will be too much for the Rams and will lift Kansas City to victory.

Final score prediction: Chiefs 41, Rams 38
Given the success of the Rams, it’s difficult to predict a loss against any opponent. They’ve shown they can hang with anyone, even the seemingly unstoppable Saints. However, the Chiefs might be the best team in the league with a secondary just good enough to slow down the Cooper Kupp-less Rams.Seeing Los Angeles win this one wouldn’t be the least bit surprising. After all, the Rams are favored by 3.5 points. There are just too many favorable matchups for Kansas City in this one, from its relentless pass rush to Hill matching up against any cornerback in the secondary.

Not to mention, the Rams have had a crazy two weeks, from losing Kupp to the tragic shooting in Thousand Oaks to the wildfires to practicing in Colorado Springs. Nothing about their schedule has been normal lately, and while Sean McVay will have his players ready, the team hasn’t been in a routine.

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Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Rams

Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Rams Live,Online Free TV Game,  Crazy stats from video game-like offenses a nod to past
NFL.November 19, 2018 11:27am ESTNovember 19, 2018 9:02am ESTKansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, NFLWhen the video game-like offenses of the Rams and Chiefs meet Monday night in LA, it will remind some of the offensive glory days of both franchises. The numbers are almost identical, if not crazier.

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The Chiefs and Rams have had success with high-scoring offenses in the past. But heading into their Monday night matchup in Week 11, the former in-state rivals are more balanced and explosive than ever in 2018, the highest-scoring season overall in NFL history.

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After 10 weeks and 148 games, the league’s 32 teams have combined to score 7,119 points and 815 TDs, well ahead of pace for record-shattering numbers. That’s an average of 24 per team per game. Kansas City (9-1) is averaging 35.3 points per game, and Los Angeles (9-1) is averaging 33.5.

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These Chiefs would best their 2003 and 2004 teams that both averaged more than 30 points per game and finish as the fourth highest scoring NFL team of all time. These Rams would be No. 9, right in between their “Greatest Show On Turf” St. Louis teams from 2000 and 1999.

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Given the teams’ scoring prowess and defensive deficiencies, it was a no-brainer for Las Vegas to set the MNF over/under at an unprecedented 64 points, especially with no more concerns about altitude or field conditions with the game moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles.

The Rams were involved in the previous highest-projected point total game (63) in October of 2000. Trent Green, Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce all delivered in a 34-24 win at San Francisco, as the 49ers couldn’t quite counter enough with Jeff Garcia, Terrell Owens and Jerry Rice.

The Chiefs played in the game with the next highest over/under (60). In December of 2004, it was Green at quarterback again, teaming up with Larry Johnson and Tony Gonzalez to edge Kerry Collins and the Raiders, 31-30.

There’s little chance the Chiefs and Rams will disappoint on MNF, continuing to turn real football into a video game with back-and-forth scoring at a rapid-fire, virtual pace. To better appreciate the teams’ mind-blowing stats of the present, here’s how they relate to the past.

Mahomes leads the NFL with 31 TD passes and 3,150 yards passing. He’s also leading in TD pass percentage (9.0) and adjusted yards per attempt (10.0). The second-year quarterback is on pace for 5,040 yards and just fewer than 50 TDs.

At that rate, Mahomes would crack the top 10 in single-season yardage and finish behind only Peyton Manning in 2013 and Tom Brady in 2007 for most passing scores. Given Mahomes already has scored two rushing TDs, he has a chance to break Manning’s record (56) for total QB TDs.In terms of AYPA, Mahomes is No. 7, right behind Manning in 2004, Matt Ryan in 2016 and Aaron Rodgers 2011. All those recent seasons locked down league MVP for those QBs. All those QBs also were well seasoned in the NFL when they posted those stats. That might make Mahomes’ age (22) at which he’s doing all this the most impressive number of all.

Kareem Hunt

Hunt won the NFL rushing title with 1,327 yards last season. He’s “only” on pace for 1,206 yards this season, but he also is doing something sensational as a receiver. He has only 23 receptions on the season, but he has exploded for 337 yards and six TDs. His 14.7 yards per reception would set a record for a running back, besting even what both Todd Gurley did last season (12.3) and what Faulk did (12.0) during his record, 1,048-receiving season in 1999.

Hunt has 13 total TDs, putting him on track to score 21, ahead of Jamaal Charles and tied with Larry Johnson as the second-most prolific scorer the Chiefs’ backfield has ever seen, only behind what Priest Holmes did in 2003 and 2004.

In his past with the Eagles and Chiefs, Andy Reid has been criticized for not feeding his feature back enough, whether it’s been Charles or Brian Westbrook, and becoming too reliant on passing to others. He learned well to the point of making Hunt a critical part of everything Kansas City does despite the way Mahomes is playing.

Many expected the NFL’s fastest player to have a regression in terms of yards per touch and TD percentage this year. Hill has simply found another gear with Mahomes after busting out with Alex Smith last season. Hill is on pace for 88 catches and 1,555 yards from scrimmage at an increased 14.3 yards per touch. He’s scoring on 13 percent of his touches and set to more than double his TD total from last tear to 14.

When Mahomes throws to Hill downfield, his passer rating is 132.9. Hill also ranks No. 10 in air yards (550) and No. 7 in both yards per target (11.1) and yards per pass route (3.0). He’s a good bet to post his fourth multiple-TD game Monday when working against former Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, who has been burned for big plays all season.

Travis Kelce

With Rob Gronkowski fading, Kelce is neck and neck with the Eagles’ Zach Ertz and the 49ers’ George Kittle for the new best receiving tight end in the league. Kelce has a good case with more yards per reception than Ertz (13.8 to 10.5) and more receiving TDs (six) than both.

Kelce is on pace for a career-high 1,269 receiving yards and 10 TDs on 80 catches. Gonzalez, a Hall of Famer, had 1,258 yards as his career high in 2004 and hit 10 TDs three times.

With three more 100-yard receiving games this season, Kelce will have 13 since 2016. That puts him only behind wide receivers Julio Jones (17), Adam Thielen (15) and Antonio Brown (14). Kelce not only can pass Gonzalez, but with a few more big games, he has a shot at break the tight-end record for single-season receiving yardage Gronkowski (1,327) set in 2011. If Kelce just gets to 1,000 again, he will join Greg Olsen as the only tight end to do that in three consecutive seasons.

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Hunt is having a another fine season, but Gurley is having an all-time year that puts him right up there in the MVP conversation with Mahomes. The key is the total touchdowns.

Shaun Alexander set the record with 28 in 2005, before LaDainian Tomlinson scored 31 one season later. Both running backs won MVP, and only Adrian Peterson has done so from the position since with his 2,097-yard rushing season in 2012.​

Gurley, with his 17 TDs in 10 games, is on pace to score 27 times, which would tie him for third-highest with Holmes from 2003, one more than Faulk from 2000. Gurley is also tracking to 2,224 yards from scrimmage, which would be good for No. 20 all time. Gurley actually has cooled down in the past month but has three smash spots ahead in facing the run defenses of the Chiefs, Lions and Cardinals.Goff has been overshadowed by Gurley on his team, and by both Mahomes and the Saints’ Drew Brees doing incredible things as fellow QBs. But there’s a reason Goff has graded as Pro Football Focus’ No. 3 QB, right behind both.

Goff is tied with Mahomes for the league lead (10.0) in AYPA with only 16 fewer yards (313.4) in the same amount of games. He also has posted a higher completion percentage (68.4) and is positioned to lead the league in yards per completion (13.8) for a second consecutive season. Goff also leads the NFL with three successful fourth-quarter comebacks.Hall of Famer Kurt Warner’s 1999 MVP and Super Bowl-winning season has been the standard for Rams quarterbacks. But short of Warner’s 41 touchdowns, Goff can exceed that performance in every other way, on pace for 5,014 yards, 35 TDs to only 10 INTs.

During his big improvement last year working with coach Sean McVay for the first time, Goff was a modestly prolific passer in relation to the rest of the league. In 2018, he has made the jump to entrench himself in the top 10.

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Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods

Cooks came to the Rams after posting three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in which he scored a combined 14 touchdowns. He was an explosive wide receiver for both Brees and Brady, with his speed and quickness deployed well by two of the league’s premier play-callers, Sean Payton and Josh McDaniels.

But what he’s doing in his first season in Los Angeles with McVay has managed to take his New Orleans and New England work into overdrive. Cooks leads the NFL in yards per touch at 15.8. He’s on pace to turn 91 touches into a career-high 1,436 scrimmage yards.

In terms of only receiving yards, Cooks is line for 1,371, which would be No. 9 in Rams history, in between two Holt’s great seasons. The way McVay uses him is reminiscent of Mike Martz using Az-Zahir Hakim to complement Holt and Isaac Bruce. Hakim averaged 18.0 yards per touch with eight TDs in 1999.

It’s unfortunate the Rams will no longer have slot ace Cooper Kupp (torn left ACL) healthy for the rest of the season, because between Cooks, Woods, Kupp and Gurley, they were on pace to finish with 4,336 total receiving yards, not far from what Holt, Bruce, Faulk and Hakim combined to produce (4,670) in an incredible 2000 season.

Woods continues to be one of the NFL’s most underrated wideouts. Cooks went into Week 11 No. 8 in the NFL in receiving yards (857), but Woods is not far behind at No. 10 (832). Their 1,689 combined receiving yards make them the most prolific teammates in the league, edging Hill and Kelce (1,678).

In 12 games last season, Woods had 56 catches for 781 yards. This season, he has 55 receptions and more yards already at 15.1 yards per catch over 10 games.

Cooks is third among wide receivers in yards per target at 11.9 and fifth in air yards at 616. Woods is No. 12 in yards per target at 10.5. and No. 11 in air yards at 543.

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The Chiefs have had 11 players find the end zone on runs and receptions this season, including Mahomes. The Rams have been more simplistic than you think, as only eight players have scored all their offensive touchdowns.

Kansas City will be back up a weapon for Monday with former Ram Sammy Watkins (foot) set to return to complement Hunt, Hill and Kelce in the passing game, while the Rams need to find someone else to stay as effectively multiple behind Gurley, Cooks and Woods.

When Kupp missed two games earlier this season, Goff, Cooks and Woods weren’t as effective together because there was one less versatile, smooth route-running wideout to create favorable matchups. As the Rams have already seen the big drop-off from Kupp to No. 4 wideout Josh Reynolds, look for McVay to deploy tight ends Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee more in the passing game — especially in the red zone.

That was strongly suggested when both Everett and Higbee scored in Week 10 vs. Seattle. Everett is every bit the athlete Kelce is and can become a game- and season-changer for the Rams now that he’s fully healthy.

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The Chiefs and Rams are back to dominating the league offensively as they once did in the early 2000s with the influence of their former shared head coach, Dick Vermeil. They were innovative then at a less pass-happier time when RPO wasn’t a household term.

With Reid and McVay at the controls now, they are enjoying a whole new level of a joystick ride. Buckle up for the most entertaining Monday night game we’ve seen in years.

Bears vs Vikings

Bears vs Vikings : After the Green Bay Packers dropped their record to 4-5-1 with a dispiriting loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night, it sure looks like the battle for the NFC North crown is going to come down to a race between the Chicago Bears, who currently sit in first place with a 6-3 record, and the Minnesota Vikings, who are right behind them at 5-3-1.

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Lucky for us, the Bears and Vikings actually play each other this week, on Sunday Night Football. It’s the first of two games the teams will play against each other over the final seven weeks of the season, with the rematch coming in Week 17. Whoever wins the first matchup will get a leg up on being able to actually clinch the division before that final game, so it’s pivotal to come away with a victory.

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We’ve got exciting players and intriguing matchups all over the place, so let’s break down what you should be on the lookout for when these two old-school rivals take the field.

Right now, the Bears have one of the hottest offenses in the NFL. Starting with their 48-10 destruction of the Buccaneers the week before their bye, the Bears have scored 48, 28, 31, 24, 41, and 34 points. That’s an average of 34.3 per game, second behind only the Saints during that timespan. Given their recent performance one might think the Bears should continue rolling, but they’re running up against a Minnesota defense that is finally getting healthy and dominant again after some early-season hiccups.

Job No. 1 right now against the Bears is shutting down Mitchell Trubisky, who, while inconsistent on a play-to-play basis, has been absolutely rolling for several weeks now. Since Week 4, Trubisky has completed 63 percent of his passes at 9.2 yards per attempt while throwing 17 touchdowns against four interceptions. He’s added 256 yards and two more scores with his legs. It’s important for the Bears to keep Trubisky holed into the pocket and going through his progressions, which is when he tends to make bad decisions. If allowed to throw quickly, he’s usually on the money. If allowed to escape the pocket and run, he’s usually going to make something happen. But if he has to hang back there, stay patient, read multiple layers of coverage, and wait for somebody to pop open, well, he tends to do some boneheaded things on occasion.

His primary receivers are Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, rookie Anthony Miller, tight end Trey Burton, and running back Tarik Cohen. That is a whole lot of threats for a defense to deal with, and with the exception of Gabriel and Cohen, none really provide similar looks. Robinson will likely receive shadow coverage treatment from Rhodes, which leaves Gabriel working against Trae Waynes and Miller locking horns with Mackensie Alexander in the slot. Expect the Bears to target Miller over the middle on seams and crosses in order to open things up for everyone else. Burton, though, may have the best matchup of all, as the Vikings have been shredded by several tight ends this season. George Kittle (5-90-0), Jimmy Graham (6-95-0), Zach Ertz (10-110-1), Ricky Seals-Jones (5-69-0), and Chris Herndon (4-42-1) have all had big games against the Vikes this year.

Minnesota’s run defense has been even better this season than its passing unit, and Jordan Howard could find tough sledding on the ground against one of the NFL’s best defense fronts and fastest linebacking corps. Griffen, Joseph, Danielle Hunter, Sheldon Richardson, Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr, and Ben Gedeon all flow to the ball extremely well, and they have Sendejo and Harrison Smith to clean up behind them. The Vikings don’t stop very many runs behind the line of scrimmage but they are extremely tough to run on in short-yardage situations, so even setting up good down-and-distance runs may not prove all that successful.

The first thing the Bears have to deal with is Vikings wideout Adam Thielen. That is … not easy.

Luckily for the Bears, their corners (Prince Amukamara, Kyle Fuller, Bryce Callahan) are all playing well this season. Callahan, who works as the team’s primary slot corner, is playing especially well. Sports Info Solutions has charged him with just 18 completions allowed for 188 yards all year, with zero touchdowns against two interceptions. There are 126 defensive players who have been targeted at least 25 times by opposing quarterbacks in coverage this season. Among that group, Callahan’s 55.8 passer rating allowed ranks 12th-best. He also hasn’t played against Thielen just yet, but he is a strong option on the inside.

On the perimeter, Amukamara and Fuller will have to deal with the likely return of Stefon Diggs, as well as Laquon Treadwell and Aldrick Robinson at different times throughout the game. Like Callahan, both outside corners are having strong seasons. Among the same aforementioned group of 126 players, Fuller ranks 21st in passer rating allowed on throws in his direction, and Amukamara ranks 31. Both players are easily inside the top 25 percent. Fuller plays strictly on the left side of the field (99 percent of his snaps) and Amukamara plays strictly on the right (also 99 percent), so each outside receiver will see plenty of both guys as the Vikings move them around the formation.

The Bears have the league’s No. 1 overall defense by DVOA, and they’re been strong pretty much everywhere. They’re No. 2 against the run and No. 4 against the pass. They’re No. 5 against No. 1 wideouts. No. 12 against No. 2 wideouts, No. 10 against the slot, and No. 8 against running backs in the passing game. The only place they’ve been below-average is against tight ends, where they rank 20th. This provides opportunity for Kyle Rudolph to get back on track. Rudolph hasn’t topped 50 receiving yards since Week 4 and has two or fewer catches in two of the Vikings’ past three games. He just has not been as big a part of the passing game this year as in years past, and he’s been coming up empty in the red zone. Perhaps working against the interior of Chicago’s defense will be good for him.

Of course, what the Vikings love more than almost anything else in the passing game is to work play-action. Of Cousins’ 363 pass attempts, over 20 percent have come after a play-fake, per SIS. On those plays, Cousins has a 104.2 passer rating. In order to make the play-action game as effective as possible, it’s important to get Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray going on the ground. Cook has been in and out of the lineup all year due to various injuries, but in the Vikings’ final game before their bye he looked as explosive as he has all year, totaling 109 yards on 14 touches. Murray will presumably still factor into the game plan so the Vikes don’t push Cook too hard, but in order for them to be at their best, the sophomore needs to be an offensive focal point.

Listen to Will Brinson, Pete Prisco and R.J. White break down Vikings-Bears and every game on the Friday edition of the Pick Six Podcast:

Eagles vs Saints

Eagles vs Saints : The path for the Philadelphia Eagles to get on the right track must go through the New Orleans Saints, one of the NFL’s top teams and owners of the most prolific offense.

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Sunday’s Philly and New Orleans football game is one of three on the late afternoon schedule and the only one on the Fox TV channel. The game gets underway at 4:05 pm EST / 1:05 pm PST.

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Having already scored 40 points five times, the high-flying New Orleans Saints host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in a must-win game for the defending Super Bowlchamps. Kickoff from Mercedes-Benz Stadium is at 4:25 p.m. ET. New Orleans (8-1) won its eighth straight last week, destroying the Bengals 51-14. Meanwhile, Philadelphia (4-5) suffered a crucial division loss at home, 27-20 to the Cowboys.

Sportsbooks list New Orleans as a 7.5-point favorite in the latest Saints vs. Eagles odds after the spread moved as high as nine. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 56.5, up 2.5 from the open and the second-highest total on the Week 11 NFL schedule. Before you make any Eagles vs. Saints picks, you have to see what SportsLine expert Larry Hartstein has to say.

SportsLine’s senior analyst is a stunning 15-5 in his last 20 picks involving the Saints after easily nailing New Orleans (-5) over Cincinnati last week. “A.J. Green’s absence, combined with the Bengals’ horrific defense, means I’m on the Saints to cover their seventh straight overall and improve to 20-7 ATS in their last 27 road games. Lay it,” urged Hartstein. The result: Saints 51, Bengals 14 — anyone who listed to him didn’t even break a sweat.

Moreover, Hartstein is an eye-popping 33-14 on all NFL point-spread picks this season. Anyone who has followed him is way, way up. Now, he has pounced on what he calls a mistake in the Eagles vs. Saints spread. He’s sharing his pick over at SportsLine.

Hartstein knows the Saints lead the NFL in scoring (36.7) while averaging a healthy 6.3 yards per play, which ranks sixth. At age 39, Drew Brees is perhaps playing his best football ever. He’s hit 77.3 percent of his throws for 2,601 yards and 21 touchdowns against one interception, while also rushing for three scores. Against Cincinnati, he fired just three incomplete passes.

Wideout Michael Thomas has 78 catches, second-most in NFL history after nine games, and do-it-all running back Alvin Kamara already has 14 touchdowns. And on defense, the Saints have cranked it up. During their eight-game winning streak, they’ve held five opponents to 20 or fewer points, including 14 to the Bengals in Cincinnati last week.

But just because the Saints have covered seven straight games doesn’t mean they’ll do it again against a desperate team with a championship pedigree.

Philly has not been an underdog all season, an indication of their prodigious talent. And the Eagles are 7-3 against the spread following a straight-up loss.

They’ll look to slow down Brees with a proud defense that ranks sixth in points allowed (20.3 per game). If the game turns into a shootout, quarterback Carson Wentz has shown he can keep up. He’s thrown 14 touchdowns against two interceptions over his last six outings and averages 307 passing yards per game this season. Zach Ertz leads all tight ends with 789 receiving yards and is coming off a monster performance in which he torched the Cowboys for 14 grabs, 145 yards and two touchdowns.

We can tell you Hartstein is leaning Over, but his much stronger play is against the spread. He says a strong x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s sharing what it is, and who to back, only at SportsLine.

So which side of the Eagles vs. Saints spread should you back? And what strong x-factor causes one side of the spread hit hard? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to be all over, all from the seasoned expert who’s on a 15-5 heater on Saints’ picks.

Broncos vs Chargers

Broncos vs Chargers : Everything is working for the Los Angeles Chargers right now. Their opponent Sunday, the Denver Broncos, would love to catch just a tad of that lightning in a bottle to help reverse their woeful fortunes.

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You’ll find the Denver and Los Angeles game on TV this afternoon by tuning into CBS Sports at 4:25 pm EST / 1:25 pm PST. Alternatively watch Broncos vs Chargers online live streaming without cable by choosing one of the following streaming services:

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Los Angeles (7-2) is looking for some respect considering they’ve lost only one more game than the other new LA football team. Their winning streak is at six, though three of the opponent were the Raiders twice, and 49ers and Browns once.

Philip Rivers is playing at a very high level with 21 touchdowns versus only four picks on the season. If the defense can keep giving up 19 points or less like they have over the past five games then the rest of the AFC should be on notice.

Denver (3-6) have lost four of five and might as well be playing for a high draft pick at this point. Case Keenum has not been the quarterback they need so that draft pick is practically spoken for.

The Broncos lone win three games ago was against a confused Cardinals team so it’s no wonder they’re expected to lose by at least a touchdown.

Raiders vs Cardinals

Raiders vs Cardinals : The Arizona Cardinals are hoping to build upon a strong showing against the Chiefs last week when they host the single-win Oakland Raiders this afternoon in the desert. The start time for Sunday’s Arizona and Oakland football game is slated for 4:05 pm EST / 1:05 pm PST with TV coverage provided by CBS Sports. You can also watch Raiders vs Cardinals online live streaming without cable by choosing one of the following streaming services:

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Arizona (2-7) has put together two strong outings with rookie quarterback Josh Rosen despite winning only one of the contests.

Last week the Cardinals had a chance to take the lead at the Chiefs and a costly interception on a screen pass derailed the drive and the game. Arizona’s defense was all over Patrick Mahomes and held the star quarterback under 300 yards passing.

Oakland (1-8) have lost five games in a row since their overtime win against the Browns. Last week was another exercise in futility as the offense could only muster six total points against the Chargers.

The Cardinals playmaking safety Budda Baker will not be playing due to injury. His absence will help Derek Carr find targets down the field and take away a blitzing option for Arizona.