Chiefs vs. Rams: L.A.’s defense is inflated by name recognition
By Kody Latham
The Rams offense has been just as fun as the Chiefs this season. Currently ranked third in points per game, there has been plenty of explosive plays from Todd Gurley and Jared Goff this season. Gurley is has been the engine for the Rams offense this season. He is currently on pace to at least tie the touchdown record that LaDainian Tomlinson set back in 2006. To say that Gurley has been great so far this season is an understatement. Gurley’s performances this season has had him in conversations to be MVP, something that has not even been thought about since Adrian Peterson earned the award in 2012.
Jared Goff has also been playing well this season which two years ago were words that most people never thought they would utter. Goff’s career in the NFL has been short, but it has also been one where he was constantly labeled as one thing or another. His first season he was labeled a bust and last season a system quarterback. This year though he is finally being recognized as a great quarterback in the NFL.
A large part of Goff’s improvement has been Sean McVay. McVay has an insane offensive mind and has done a fantastic job helping Goff reach his full potential as a quarterback. McVay has been looked at as an offensive mastermind every since he arrived in Los Angeles and turned around a 4-12 team into an 11-5 team.
McVay’s insane offense took a blow last week though. Second-year receiver Cooper Kupp went down late in the game with a non-contact injury that ended up being a torn ACL. He will be replaced by Josh Reynolds, the same player that took over for Kupp after he hurt his knee earlier in the year. The combination of Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks will continue to be lethal even without Kupp on the field. Both players are currently on pace for over 1,000 receiving yards this season. As long as the core group of Gurley, Woods, Cooks, and Goff stays healthy this offense will be difficult to stop.