For the Chiefs, the Rams are a cautionary tale

It may have been the greatest regular season game of all time.

It yielded 105 total points. 2018 week 11 match between Kansas City Chiefs And the Los Angeles Rams It may go down in history as one of the most exciting games ever. The players also left the field after Rams victory, 54-51the novels were already beginning: in the coming years, these two teams were destined to conquer Energy addresses.

Why not, right? Both have had franchise players, elite playmakers, and offensive educators serving as head coaches.

This analysis was not wrong. Since then, the two teams have met in four Super Bowl appearances — and each also brought home the Lombardi Trophy. Although they took very different paths to their success, the talent we saw at the Los Angeles Colsieum on that hazy night was truly special.

But just four years later – as the teams prepare for their first game since that night – their futures couldn’t be different.

Los Angeles method

In the past five seasons, the Rams have had ID “All in.” Almost every signing, trade, or draft they’ve made has focused on winning as soon as possible. No move characterizes this approach better than a trade for quarterback Matt Stafford. After going to the Super Bowl with Jared Goff, Los Angeles pressed on harder to get over the hump.

Even though Stafford has delivered by bringing another championship back to Los Angeles, the Rams still paid a heavy price: Detroit Lions They have their first round pick for 2023 – which, as of this moment, will be the sixth pick overall.

Stafford’s trade was just one of many All in moves. Los Angeles continued to risk the health of their caps and build their future rosters by taking on players like Jalen Ramsey, Von Miller, Brandyn Cox, Marcus Peters, Robert Quinn, Akweb Talib and Dante Fowler. All of those were good players – but with the exception of Ramsey, none of them are currently on the team. There’s no doubt about it: If it weren’t for Miller and Odell Beckham Jr. in 2021, the Rams wouldn’t have won Super Bowl LVI. But now – with both of them gone – the team is 3-7.

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Rams

Gary A Vasquez – USA Today Sports

The Rams simply continued to float their roster bill. Their success now depends on the health and playing of around five players: Aaron Donald, Cooper Cobb, Bobby Wagner, Ramsey and Stafford – all at least 28 years old. Los Angeles is on its way to the worst defense in the Super Bowl ever for a simple reason: It doesn’t have replacement-level players to fill the roster voids. Now, Donald is Just The beginning of that rams that they Drafted in the first round. The rest of the roster is bolstered by trades, free agents, and Day 2 and Day 3 draft picks.

The future of the Rams is bleak. They have one of the worst offensive lines in football – and the 30-year-old Cobb is their only offensive weapon. Donald – while still an elite – is also getting old. Last year, he had to be persuaded not to retire. Stafford proved what he always was in Detroit: a streaky player with an injury record.

Meanwhile, the team has just $5.9 million in space projected for 2023 — and only Six picks in the draft. Reportedly, head coach Sean McVay considered retiring.

Los Angeles has a lot of problems to fix – and very few to fix. As the saying goes, “flags fly forever”. But the new flag now flying at SoFo Stadium could cost the Rams Years Respected football.

Kansas City Road

Perhaps the first (and most important) point to consider when comparing the two franchises is their quarterback. Stafford and Goff sum I still can’t live up to Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs have this clear advantage since the two teams played each other in 2018.

Although Kansas City had a All in When Mahomes was on his rookie deal, the front office showed restraint while increasing his cost. In 2019, many Chiefs fans were ready to get in their cars and drive to Jacksonville in order to get Ramsey. But the Chiefs saved their first-round picks—and resident She won the Super Bowl.

Chiefs also made tough decisions on salary caps. They’ve let good players like Mitch Morse, Tyrann Mathieu, and Charvarius Ward go in free agency. Rather than re-sign Tyreek Hill (as Los Angeles had done with Kupp), the Chiefs traded him in with a bunch of draft picks. These became players who filled key roles as the team closed out the AFC West for the seventh straight season.

and future presidents remains bright. In 2023, they’re projected to have $28 million in cap space and will have 11 draft picks — and they’ll have a roster full of youth and promise.

bottom line

When the teams played in 2018, they looked pretty much the same. But when the Rams come to town on Sunday, the teams will hardly look any different. While the two franchises have achieved similar results since they last met, so does their future nothing Both. On Sunday, the Rams will be a 14.5-point underdog to the Chiefs — and it looks like in the years to come, Kansas City will continue to hold the advantage.

Leave a Comment