2. Unfair to both Rams, Chiefs
One of the most frustrating factors of these games in the international series is how only a few select teams are forced to participate each year, with the Rams and Chiefs obviously being the ones selected for Mexico City. Other teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers were just a few other teams that were also asked to participate in London, but at least they didn’t have to worry about their safety over poor field conditions.
To force two strong playoff contenders like Los Angeles and Kansas City to play in a game with conditions like this would be completely unfair, especially if one of their key players were to unfortunately suffer a key injury that could impact the rest of the season. The Rams already received the devastating news this week about Cooper Kupp suffering a torn ACL during the team’s Week 10 win over the Seattle Seahawks, and the last thing they want to deal with is another member of their squad go down as a result of the field conditions.
Obviously, the same goes for the Chiefs since this team is loaded with talent on offense, and seeing one of their key players go down with an injury because of the field conditions would take the frustration to a whole new level. So for the sake of both teams, the NFL needs to eliminate these concerns by moving the game back to Los Angeles where players won’t be concerned over the risk they’re taking by playing on a poor field in Mexico City.