Three takeaways from the Los Angeles Rams at Kansas City Chiefs

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Three takeaways from the Los Angeles Rams at Kansas City Chiefs

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Three takeaways from the Los Angeles Rams at Kansas City Chiefs

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The Los Angeles Rams limped into Arrowhead Stadium for what looked like a sure loss in their unprecedented 2022 season. The Kansas City Chiefs obliged and beat LA 26-10. For the Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes it was another day at the office. For Sean McVay and Rams, it was a reminder of how far the mighty have fallen.

A season going nowhere fast in LA

The post-mortem come the end of 2022 will talk of a Rams team who brought all the promise of a defending Super Bowl champion only to see it break down in stunning fashion. Once high-flying on offense and dominant on defense, Los Angeles has appeared to be sleep walking through a season they’d just as soon see conclude today. The issues they need to resolve for 2023 and beyond will require a new roadmap. Matt Stafford is in his second concussion protocol, and their backup quarterback position will need a long look. For the Rams organization, you’d have to imagine Les Snead would love to be in a position to draft a quarterback. That simply won’t be in the cards, leaving only free-agency as their only viable tool for getting talent who can move the needle quickly next season.

The Rams are in a world of trouble as they look to get through a year gone completely sideways. 

Chiefs prove they are still number one

In Kansas City, Patrick Mahomes has his team gearing up for a long postseason run. The offense was clicking once again as Mahomes would put up consistently strong numbers. Against Los Angeles, he’d throw for 320 yards with 42 pass attempts and 27 completions. He had one touchdown and one interception. If there is one fly in the ointment, it was there red zone efficiency, or lack thereof. The Chiefs had 437 total yards and 29 first downs on offense. Had they been able to capitalize on more of those chances inside the 20 yard line, the final score of 26-10 could have ended up a blowout in Kansas City.

It was only a few years ago, November 19, 2018 on Monday Night Football that the Rams and Chiefs played the scoreboard in the Coliseum like a pinball machine. On that night, Los Angeles would win 54-51. 

Chiefs way up, Rams way down

The Kansas City Chiefs are a strong contender to represent the AFC at the Super Bowl in Glendale, while the Los Angeles Rams are an even stronger contender for a rebuild. Imagine the fan base in Southern California, who were riding a wave of optimism that would lead to lifting of the Lombardi Trophy at SoFi. Not this year. But in 2018, you could tell both teams were meant for absolute success. In LA, that just isn’t happening.

Next up for LA: vs. Seattle Seahawks 

Next up for Kansas City: At Cincinnati Bengals.

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