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Los Angeles Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs Prediction, Preview and Odds

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An interconference fight that had a lot of luster before the start of the season has lost its luster in week 12 of the season NFL Seasonal stops in the Midwest. That Los Angeles Rams are on the road while making the trek to face this Kansas City chiefs Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles was beaten 27-20 on the road by the Saints and failed to cover as a 2.5-point underdog in their previous contest last Sunday. Kansas City rallied to defeat the Clippers 30-27 on the road last Sunday night in their previous contest, failing to cover the line as a 5.5-point favorite. In the all-time regular-season series between teams, the Chiefs hold a 7-5 lead as the Rams held a 54-51 home win in the most recent matchup on November 19, 2018.

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Los Angeles Rams looking for massive upset

Los Angeles won the Super Bowl last season but things haven’t gone that way this year as they go into this game with four straight losers away from home after losing to the Saints last week. The Rams fell to 3-7 in the season and sit in the bottom of the NFC West rankings. Against New Orleans, Los Angeles led 14-10 at halftime before beating 14-0 in the third quarter and trailing 24-14. The Rams couldn’t find the end zone in the second half and settled for two field goals, including a mostly meaningless 58-yard kick with six seconds to play, which sent them to defeat. Los Angeles had a 336-323 advantage on overall offense, although they lost the first down battle 19-17 and possession time by a 31:07 to 28:53 margin. Neither team committed a turnover in the competition.

The Rams are 22nd in the league in passing offense, averaging 211.9 yards per game through the air and 31St in rushing offense averaging 76.1 yards per contest. Los Angeles is 29th in the league in scoring offense, averaging 16.8 points per contest while they are 17 years oldth in goal defense by allowing an average of 22.7 points per game. Matthew Stafford has hit 206 of 303 passes for 2,087 yards with 10 touchdowns against eight interceptions. He adds nine yards plus a score on the ground. John Wolford (24 of 36, 212 yards, TD, INT) and Bryce Perkins (six of 11, 61 yards, 43 rush yards) have seen limited action. Darrell Henderson Jr. is the team’s leading ground gainer with 70 carries for 283 yards plus three scores: he was released earlier this week. Cam Akers (76 carries, 237 yards, TD) and Kyren Williams (eight carries, 45 yards) are the current defenders in the system. Cooper Kupp leads the team with 75 receptions for 812 yards and six points in the season. Allen Robinson II (33 catches, 339 yards, three TDs), Tyler Higbee (48 grabs, 430 yards), and Ben Skowronek (27 catches, 249 yards) have all received the 200-yard mark this year. Matt Gay has made 18 of 18 extra point attempts and 14 of 15 field goal attempts with a 58 long in the year.

The injury report for the Rams is pretty long. Stafford (neck, concussion record) and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson (knee) have already been ruled out for this contest. Tackle Ty Nsekhe (ankle) and center Brian Allen (thumb) did not practice Thursday. Meanwhile, tight end Tyler Higbee (knee), wide receiver Allen Robinson II (ankle), center Matt Skura (knee) and linebacker Travin Howard (hip) were each restricted in practice. Watch for updates on their respective statuses leading up to kickoff.

Kansas City Chiefs seek fifth straight win

Kansas City had another close call but managed to carve out the road win over the Chargers last Sunday night to earn a fourth straight win. The Chiefs improved to 8-2 and have a comfortable lead over the ailing AFC West going into this game. Against the Chargers, Kansas City trailed 10-6 after the opening quarter, 20-13 at the half and 20-16 after three quarters. The Chiefs took the lead in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, giving up the go at 1:46 to play and then going 75 yards in six games to play the winning touchdown with 31 seconds to earn the win. Kansas City had a 485-365 overall offense advantage, racking up 23 first downs while allowing 22 and forcing two turnovers while committing one in the game. Those numbers helped the Chiefs overshadow lost possession time by a margin of 32:19 to 27:41.

This season, the Chiefs are first in the league in passing offense, averaging 314.7 yards per contest this season. Kansas City is in 17th placeth in the league in rushing offense as they haul out 114.6 yards per game per year. The Chiefs are first in the league when it comes to scoring offense as they average 30 points per contest. Kansas City is on the 20thth in goal defense by allowing 23.3 points per game this year. Patrick Mahomes is the signal caller for the Chiefs and he has completed 265 of 400 passes for 3,265 yards with 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions this year. He is third on the team with 238 rushing yards plus a score. In the running game, Clyde Edwards-Helaire is second on the team this season with 71 carries for 302 yards plus three scores. Isiah Pacheco (75 carries, 386 yards, TD) and Jerick McKinnon (39 carries, 149 yards) were also involved in ground play. There’s no shortage of goals in the passing game, which is underscored by Travis Kelce’s 69 receptions for 855 yards and 11 goals this season. JuJu Smith-Schuster (46 catches, 615 yards, two TD), Mecole Hardman (25 grabs, 297 yards, four TD), McKinnon (26 catches, 212 yards, TD), and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (27 catches, 459 yards, TD) were all good targets this season. Harrison Butker has had 18 of 20 extra point attempts and eight of 11 field goal attempts for a total of 62 this season. Safety Eric Reid is one of two with extra points without attempting a field goal, while Matt Ammendola has three of four extra points and three of his four field goal attempts in a 31-long this year. Matthew Wright is five of five extra points and two of two 44-length field goals.

Edwards-Helaire (ankle) and Hardman (abs) have been on injured reserve for the past few days, so they’re out here. Fullback Michael Burton (illness), wide receiver Kadarius Toney (hamstring) and guard Joe Thuney (ankle) were all not training Thursday. Safety Juan Thornhill (Wade) was limited in training. Keep an eye out for updated information on their status ahead of kickoff.

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The Rams won the Super Bowl less than 10 months ago, but things went wrong for them in a hurry. Los Angeles comes in at 3-7 this year and the playoffs seem like a pipe dream for the franchise at this point. Stafford will not play and it is reported that Perkins, who was in the third row below center, will start with Wolford: The team have also included Case Cookus in the training squad. Without Stafford and Kupp, it’s hard to get excited about these Rams’ offense. Kansas City, despite its penchant for close games, wins competitions, which can’t be said of the defending champions. This one has Blowout written all over it. The Chiefs are rolling towards a win here.

Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs -15.5

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Los Angeles comes into this game after embezzling in six of its 10 contests this season. The Rams are only 1-3 and have stayed under the number in three of those contests. Their lone path came last week against the Saints, where the total was just 39.5 points, even with Stafford in the mix. Kansas City split its 10 games in terms of total for the year, but the splits are staggering. Four of their five road competitions have surpassed the total, but at home four of their five games have fallen short of the mark. We haven’t seen Arrowhead score more than 44 points in a game since Monday night’s game against the Raiders in early October. With Perkins or Wolford in the middle for the Rams, you can’t expect much from them either. Go with the Under in this game.

Prognosis: Below 42.5

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