This Thanksgiving weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs continue their assault on Southern California as they take on the Los Angeles Rams at GEHA’s Arrowhead Stadium.
These two teams couldn’t be heading in opposite directions more. The Rams have lost four in a row – and six of their last seven. The bosses have them won – won Four in a row — and yes, six out of seven. The Rams would be without a quarterback And the He backs up, forcing them to play a third man who runs better than he throws. Meanwhile, Chiefs MVP nominee Patrick Mahomes will start.
While this should be a lopsided game in favor of the home team, the Super Bowl champions should not be overlooked.
Here are a few of the heads to head ahead of the Week 12 game.
Offensive line Orlando Brown and Trey Smith: Much of the talk this week has been – rightly so – about Isiah Pacheco. That aside, Kansas City’s running game relies as much (or more) on the players up front than the players running the boulder. This past Sunday, Brown, Smith, and company managed to do what they do best: beat people at a running game. The Chiefs seem to be running more running plays that fit their running backs’ style and skills. As a team, they ran for 163 yards – an average of 6.0 yards per carry. This kind of balance makes the Kansas City offense more efficient — and hard to beat, too. The Rams present another opportunity for these guys to assert themselves on the ground – which will hopefully lead to a comfortable lead.
Defensive End Georges Carlaftis: Frustrating to be such a young player. On the one hand, he plays plenty of shots on the defensive front that already surpassed last year’s ball totals; It closes games with a lot of pressure in big situations. But while playing in a position where players get paid and recognized for sacks, Karlaftis only has half a sack in ten games. As Ron Cobb Jr. pointed out this week Arrowhead pride Outside of the Structure podcast, Karlaftis was asked to do a lot of “dirty work” freeing others to speed up passersby. When he passes – often against several blockers – Karlaftis gets pressured at a good rate. When he doesn’t pass, he makes touchdown passes. (Team five leads). Karlaftis is set to fumble a sack or two — and against the Rams and backup quarterback, he’s likely to start this week.
Wide receiver Skyy Moore: one of the winners From last Sunday’s game, the rookie showed up at just the right time. Already missing JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman – and with Kadarius Toney departing early with injury – quarterback Patrick Mahomes was lacking proven passers. It was a perfect opportunity for Moore to remind everyone that he has the potential to be a traditional wide receiver for this team. The highlight of his five-run performance was that Mahomes targeted Moore on the final drive to get into Chargers territory and set up the winning touchdown. Watch this week to see if Skyy can make it Moore Objectives – Whether or not the attitude group will become more correct.
Others are heading in the right direction: Cornersbacks Larios Snead and Trent McDuffie, linebackers Nick Bolton and Willie Jay Jr., defensive ends Mike Dana and Carlos Dunlap, running back Isiah Pacheco, defensive tackle Chris Jones, tight end Jody Fortson and spot Harrison Booker.
Running back Ronald Jones: Since he’s been on the inactive list for every one of the top 10 games, you might be wondering how far his downfall continues. After (surprisingly) getting the team out of camp — and then not getting a shot — Jones recently tweeted about wanting a release. Meanwhile, in recent weeks, the Chiefs had placed waiver claims for running backs released from other teams. Their interest in bolstering the position from the outside should tell us everything we need to know about where they think Jones would fit in – so if the team succeeds in adding again, Jones may get his wish. Now that Clyde Edwards-Hellier is on injured reserve, Jones is expected to be active for Sunday’s game against the Rams. Here’s the problem: what does Jones do? Better is what Bahesico does better. I don’t expect Jones to carry much on Sunday; It may only be active as insurance.
Wide receiver Toni Cadarius: He was just beginning to get everyone excited about his potential when the problem that might have sent him out of New York in Kansas City came to light. Tunney departed early in the Chargers game with a hamstring injury, leaving his status for the Sunday game in doubt. The talent is undeniable, but availability could really be an issue for Tony. It’s not his fault for getting injured – but let’s hope this isn’t a pattern that limits his impact with bosses.
Linebacker Michael Burton: In a team that’s going in the right direction, it’s hard to find players who… bearish. But when crime is as effective as this, sometimes men are left out. Burton plays a position that many don’t see as advantageous in the modern game. But when he had chances with the Chiefs, he’d come back to short yardage. But those opportunities were diminishing. He hasn’t seen the ball since he was stuffed in a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Rams have been pretty strong against the run, so Burton may still be wondering when he’s coming up with his next carry.
Others are heading in the wrong direction: Wide receiver Marquis Valdes-Scantling, behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire, linebacker Joshua Williams and linebacker Darius Harris.
Value (sleeper) Pick: The right to deal with Lucas Niang
It feels like it’s been forever since Niang has been on the court, but he’s finally ready to come back. Head coach Andy Reid has indicated that he will be part of the “two depths”, squarely putting Niang in a position to compete for his former starting job. Although it may not happen this week, there appears to be little momentum for Niang to dethrone Andrew Wiley. Continuity is key for offensive lines, so teams don’t like to make a change like this. But if Willy struggles against the Rams – and Niang looks good in practice – his chance may finally come.