For anyone who didn’t get a chance to watch the Monday Night Football game between the Rams and the Chiefs last night, you missed quite possibly the greatest Monday Night Football game ever played. I was lucky enough to get great tickets to the game an experience it first hand and I will say it was one of the greatest sporting events I have ever been too. The atmosphere was unlike anything I had ever experienced, and the energy that both teams fans brought to the Coliseum was off the charts. While the NFL only moved the game to LA because of a poor field, the game would not have been as big of an event if it was in Mexico.
The game had everything a football game could ask for, (except defense), and was the best offensive game ever in terms of total points scored. The 105 combined points was the 3rd most of all time, while it was the 1st time in NFL history that a team lost when scoring 50+ points. While the Rams came away with the 54-51 win, there is a lot you can learn from how the game went.
First, we learned that the Chiefs might be a better team than people, (including me), expected. Think about this scenario for a second. If the Rams had played in Kansas City, and committed 5 turnovers, do you think they would have lost by just 3 points? I don’t, in fact I think they might have lost by more. While the Rams did get the win, the fact that they allowed 51 points and only won by 3 while getting 5 take aways is kind of concerning.
Second, we learned that Aaron Donald was worth every penny the Rams gave him this offseason. I know many people didn’t like the fact that Donald decided to hold out on the team due to a contract dispute, but you have to admit, he has been worth every penny of his record setting contract. Donald had 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles last night, and now leads the NFL with 14.5 sacks this season. If the Rams are going to have any success on defense going forward, it will be lead by the best defensive player in football, Aaron Donald.
Third, we learned that this is the future of the NFL. The NFL is in very good hands going forward. While many people speculated that the NFL would loose fans due to their constant issues off the field, these two teams reminded fans that the NFL is still a world class product, that will only get better in the coming years. Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, Tyreek Hill, Todd Gurely, and others will be around, (hopefully), for many years to come. Scoring is sexy and fans want to see teams light up the score board like the Chiefs and Rams did last night.
Both teams will now get a bye week, and both teams will resume play on Sunday December 2nd, when the Rams go to Detroit to take on the Lions, and the Chiefs will be in Oakland to take on the Raiders. One thing is certain, this will be a game that goes down in history, and I am glad I got to witness it in person.