Rams vs. Chiefs: Monday Night Football to host Mexico City showdown
By Matt Conner
Marcus Peters and the L.A. Rams will face the Kansas City Chiefs in Mexico City on Monday Night Football, according to ESPN Mexico.
According to a report from ESPN Mexico, one major showdown from the yet-to-be-officially-announced NFL regular season schedule for 2018 has leaked. It pits the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs on a Monday Night Football showdown in Mexico City on November 19.
The midseason meeting between the two teams will already have been one of the single best offensive match-ups of the season, but this offseason in particular has sparked even more interest in the two teams, especially after the Rams traded two draft picks for star cornerback Marcus Peters of the Chiefs.
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Peters is the single biggest playmaker in terms of turnovers forced the last three years in the NFL, which made even his availability in a trade very surprising. Yet also just as surprising was the fact that so few teams even had a serious interest in Peters, as his emotional baggage and potential character concerns kept numerous franchises from offering anything significant in return.
The Chiefs apparently decided to move on at some point late in the 2017 season and made trading him a priority this offseason, one in which there’s already significant change planned thanks to the Alex Smith deal and the release of longtime franchise icons like Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson.
Even besides the Peters link, the reality is that both teams have serious offensive muscles to flex against one another. The Chiefs have loaded up an offense centered on new gunslinger Patrick Mahomes, with new wide receiver Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, joining Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce for an offense that should be near-impossible to defend. Yet they’ll have to match Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and company as the Rams have no problem scoring in Sean McVay’s inventive schemes.
As for the Rams, they’ve also loaded up with the trade for wide receiver Brandin Cooks who replaces Watkins. On defense, beyond just Peters, they’ve retained Lamarcus Joyner and signed Ndamukong Suh among other moves. According to most analysts, the Rams have won the offseason and it’s not even particularly close.