Chiefs will play Rams in Los Angeles instead of Mexico City
By Matt Conner
The Monday Night Football showdown between the Chiefs and the Rams has been moved to Los Angeles instead of Mexico City due to poor field conditions.
The Los Angeles Rams were considered the official home team for next Monday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs despite the fact it was being played in Mexico City. Now due to poor field conditions, the Rams will get a true home game out of the deal with the news that the Monday Night Football contest will be played in Los Angeles instead.
Concerns about the field at Aztec Stadium in Mexico City have persisted over the last couple days as rains have basically ruined the playing surface. Efforts could have been taken to better the field but clearly, the NFL and the players involved remained concerned that those efforts would not be enough.
Earlier in the day on Tuesday, before the NFL’s announcement, word had leaked that some players on both sides for the Rams and Chiefs were considering not playing due to the playing surface, which could needlessly lead to injury. Now players on both sides can breathe easy that they are going to be able to play as normal without worrying about unsafe conditions just for the NFL to host an international exhibition.
The biggest loss here is for fans who have already made plans to watch their favorite teams on a vacation to Mexico City. However, the shift in persona plans is an acceptable price given the risk posed to players.
The Chiefs and Rams can count on everyone being ready and willing to play in what should be one of the NFL’s most anticipated games of the 2018 season as two Super Bowl hopefuls go head to head.