This week’s Monday Night Football game between the Chiefs and Rams starts at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN. You can also see it online via WatchESPN.
This game is unlike anything we’ve seen this season. The Rams (9-1) and Chiefs (9-1) have been on fire. Between their stellar play, two of the best young quarterbacks in the game and offenses that love to put on a show, we could witness an early preview for this year’s Super Bowl.
Let’s be honest: Most of the primetime games this season have been lackluster. Heck, just last week we had to see Giants vs 49ers, a game between two teams with a combined record of 5-15. But this is different. Rams vs Chiefs is must-watch football, and here’s why.
Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes are both incredible.
We have this weird tendency to distill NFL games into a “battle of the QBs,” because the idea of prize fights are fun — even if one quarterback’s play has no bearing on the other. That said, this is one of those games where both passers are so good it’s going to be stupidly entertaining no matter which offense is on the field.
Goff and Mahomes’ numbers are like something out of a video game.
- Goff: 68.4 percent completion, 3,134 yds, 22 TD, 6 INT — 113.0 rating
- Mahomes: 67 percent completion, 3,150 yds, 31 TD, 7 INT — 117.4 rating
I’ll let you argue who’s better if you want to go down that route and split hairs, but these are two standouts who will almost assuredly be superstars when all’s said and done. This is like watching the early days of Brady vs Manning, and it could be the kind of league-defining game future generations talk about.
Todd Gurley and Kareem Hunt? Also incredible.
That’s what makes this game so dang amazing. Not only do you have two of the league’s premiere quarterbacks leading their offenses, but two of the best running backs are in the mix as well. Gurley and Hunt both sit in the Top 5 rushers in the league, with Gurley in first and Hunt in fourth. The pair have generated over 2,500 yards from scrimmage and 30 touchdowns.
These dudes are going to put on a show, and it means that whether the Rams and Chiefs elect to pass or run, either way we’re going to see something great.
You asked about the receivers? They’re incredible too.
At this point I’m running out of adjectives for how great this game could be — so forgive me. Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce all have over 700 yards receiving.
Just watch — they’re all going to finish over 1,000 yards this year.
It’s super cool that the Rams and Chiefs are powerhouse teams once again
I have no vested interest in either team, but it’s just awesome in the pantheon of NFL history that these two classic teams are relevant in the league again.
Chiefs fans are some of the most die-hard in any sport, and now they get to experience their return to greatness. Meanwhile, the NFL is better with a dominant team in Los Angeles to prove this whole experiment can work.
I just love all of the drama behind this game and what it means for the league in general. I’m a romantic, what can I say?
Andy Reid still looks like an anthropomorphic walrus.
This isn’t some brand new thing — but just look at him. Awww yeah.
Bonus: Ohmygod I just realized Sean McVay is younger than me.
This isn’t a reason you should watch the game, it’s just the cause of my current existential crisis. I need to go lay down.
Just watch this friggin’ game, it’s like the playoffs in November, and for that we should all be grateful.