Rams and Chiefs: Behind the Numbers

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With two undefeated teams left, we take a look at the main stats between the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs.

The two top teams in the NFL are the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs.  Both teams sit at 5-0, with high powered offenses, productive young quarterbacks, and savey head coaches.

But how do these compared when you look nat the numbers?  Here is a look behind the curtain at these two teams, for a definitive look at who is better right now.

The Rams are currently sitting at third in total points scored, at 173.  they are the only team to have scored 30 points in each of their first five games, including against the Minnesota Vikingsand the Seattle Seahawks.

The Chiefs barely edge the Rams in points, coming in second at 175.  The most points in the league?  The New Orleans Saints with 180.

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Yards tells a different story.  The Rams are first in passing yards, as Jared Goff leads all passers with 1727.  They also rank seventh in rushing yards, helped by all the jet sweeps.  Todd Gurley has rushed for 415 of 656 team rushing yards, and is second in the league (behind the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliot).  Gurley is first in the league in rushing TDs (7).

The Chiefs come in eleventh in both passing yards and rushing yards.  Predictably, Patrick Mahomes is eleventh in passing yards in the league.  Kareem Hunt has rushed for 376 yards and ranks fourth in the league in that category.  He is tied for sixth in rushing touchdowns.

The Rams have three receivers with over 400 yards receiving: Brandin Cooks (452), Cooper Kupp (438), and Robert Woods (415).  The Rams receivers are sixth, eighth, and sixteenth in yards, respectably.  Gurley adds another 230 receiving yards, giving him 645 yards from scrimmage, and putting him ahead of his 2017 Offensive Player of the Year Pace.

The Chiefs have two players with more than 400 receiving yards: Tyreek Hill (425) and Travis Kelce (407).  Sammy Watkins comes in third on the team with 254 yards.

Lastly, the defense.  The Rams have given up 98 points this season, making them sixth in scoring defense per game (29.6) and tenth in yards per game (341.4).  The Chiefs are twentieth in scoring defense, giving up 25.8 points per game and are dead last in yards per game at 461.8!

What does it all mean?  The Rams and Chiefs both have amazing offenses, but the Rams win in most categories, trailing by only two in total points.  Mahomes is making the highlight throws, but the Rams offense as a whole is outplaying the boys in KC.

The most notable difference is the defense.  Despite the Los Angeles Rams injuries and recent troubles, they remain far ahead.  In the end, what matters in wins, and both teams are perfect thus far.

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The best news?  We get to see these teams in a showdown on Monday Night Football in Week 11 (November 19th), in Mexico City.