How the Kansas City Chiefs can stop Todd Gurley and the L.A. Rams
By Grant Tuttle
Offensive Public Enemy #1:
Todd Gurley, RB
In my opinion, Gurley is the best running back in the league. The Rams use him and pay him accordingly. With Gurley’s elusiveness and power, he has an incredible balance which reminds me a bit of Walter Payton. Not only does he dominate up front, but he opens the field up for all of his teammates in the passing game.
Offensive Public Enemy #2:
Robert Woods, WR
I did not think as highly of Robert Woods before watching te tape. Wow. That guy can play. Woods has great speed and play making ability. What is most impressive about his game is how fudamentally sound he is. With great route running ability, he finds himself open a lot.
Offensive Public Enemy #3:
Brandin Cooks, WR
Cooks is a solid receiver, especially for While I wouldn’t call him one of the top wide receivers in the league, I think his ability deep downfield is very, very good. We will know how the safeties are playing by how many yards Cooks acquires.
Defensive Public Enemy:
Marcus Peters, CB
Before you yell at me about not putting Aaron Donald here, just remember how this offseason went. Marcus Peters in an interview talked about this matchup, saying that he couldn’t wait to come away with some turnovers against the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes. I am looking for Peters best game of the season on Monday.
Offensive Scheming Player #1:
Kareem Hunt, RB
The Chiefs have gotten Kareem Hunt very much involved in the previous couple of weeks. I don’t look for this to slow down. I fully expect Hunt to be a heavy part of the offense against the Rams and will likely set up some big plays to Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill.
Offensive Scheming Player #2:
Tyreek Hill, WR
As aforementioned, Tyreek Hill could feast if the Rams try to match up with him in man coverage. I expect the Chiefs to look his way deep down the sidelines at least two or three times. If the Chiefs are able to find that connection one time, it could change the entire game.
Offensive Scheming Player #3:
Sammy Watkins, WR
Several bigger receivers have given the Rams trouble this season, particularly in tight windows. I would be shocked if Watkins didn’t have a Red Zone touchdown this week. If the Chiefs don’t look his direction against Sam Shields, they are missing a great matchup for the offense.
Defensive Player(s) that need to step up:
Dorian O’Daniel, Anthony Hitchens, Reggie Ragland and Daniel Sorensen
All of these players need to have their best game of the season to hold the rush offense in check. Todd Gurley is the best running back the Chiefs can possibly face off with this season. Kansas City will need some big plays on defense.
This game is so highly anticipated, but I do not expect it to be a disappointment. Both teams are trying to solidfy their spots on top of their divisions and hope to continue strong in the race for their conference. Look for a very close game with a lot of big time plays in every facet of the game. Sit back. Relax. This is an incredible matchup.