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.
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.
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.
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.