When looking at the high-powered offense of the Kansas City Chiefs, the Los Angeles Rams could be in for a long game on defense during Week 11.
With a 9-1 record, the Los Angeles Rams have certainly lived up to expectations from the offseason as one of the top Super Bowl contenders in the NFC, although nothing is guaranteed at the moment.
A few weeks ago, the Rams received a major wake-up call on the road when they lost the New Orleans Saints in a game that consisted of them falling behind 35-14 at one point in the first half before going on to lose 45-35.
In fact, when seeing how easy New Orleans made it at times during that impressive Week 9 win, Sean Payton’s squad has made a strong case about being the team to beat in the NFC, meaning Los Angeles will need to continue winning over these next few weeks while receiving some help.
Whether they want to hear it or not, that loss to the Saints made it clear the Rams’ defense has some issues to work out before the playoffs roll around. And when looking at how amazing Patrick Mahomes II and the Chiefs’ offense has looked through their first 10 games, one can only imagine how rough things could end up being for Los Angeles on Monday night.
As great as Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh have been causing all sorts of pressure on opposing quarterbacks, the cornerback position has been a major concern for the Rams over the last few months, especially when it comes to Marcus Peters.
Ever since Aqib Talib went down with an ankle injury back in September, Peters has struggled to be the top cornerback Los Angeles needs him to be. To top the frustration off, other players like Troy Hill haven’t really played as well as the Rams needed them to on defense, and the numbers will back that statement up.
Between allowing 31 points in three games (twice to the Seattle Seahawks, once to the Minnesota Vikings) along with that rough outing against the Saints, Los Angeles hasn’t exactly been living up to their potential on the defensive side of the football.
It sounds terrible to say, but when looking at how the Chiefs in general have looked unstoppable at times on offense, one can only imagine how rough of an outing Monday night could end up being for Sean McVay’s squad on defense.
Then again, there’s a reason why the over/under in this game is so high, and as long as the Rams can figure out a way to stop the Chiefs on a few drives while ending up with more points themselves, maybe they will be in better shape to win on Monday after all.
Kansas City certainly isn’t going to make it easy, but with Los Angeles in need of making another statement win against another top Super Bowl contender, Monday night seems like the perfect opportunity to do so, even if the defense hasn’t been all that great this season.