The blizzard of factors shouldn’t be precisely what the N.F.L. envisioned within the low season, however who’re they to complain? In the event you’re an proprietor, a league sponsor or a community government, the factors bonanza has been magic for tv scores, which declined the previous two years.
This has given the league a much-needed increase after a number of years of off-field controversies, together with gamers committing home violence, protests through the nationwide anthem and deflated footballs.
It might be simple to view the Rams-Chiefs showdown as a unicorn sport, a once-in-a-generation aberration. However gunslinging offenses are a development. The Chiefs are the primary workforce since 1966 to lose two video games regardless of scoring 40 or extra factors. Proper after shedding to the Patriots, 43-40, in Week 6, they scored 45 factors towards the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Rams’ solely lack of the season got here two weeks in the past in New Orleans to the Saints, 45-35. Twenty years in the past, the St. Louis Rams have been the Best Present on Turf. Now a number of groups are vying for that title. Monday’s sport was billed as a possible preview of the Tremendous Bowl. Even when these two groups aren’t taking part in for the title in February, whoever does could put up simply as many factors.
Monday’s sport was greater than only a scoring bonanza, it was an unofficial proxy on the N.F.L.’s return to Los Angeles after greater than 20 years. That is the Rams’ third season again in California. They acquired a lukewarm reception the primary yr, and gained over some skeptics final yr by profitable 11 video games.
Now 10-1, the Rams have labored their method again into relevance partially as a result of Monday’s sport helped followers in and round Los Angeles overlook, even for just a few hours, the occasions of the previous week and a half. On Nov. 7, a gunman killed a dozen folks in Thousand Oaks, close to the Rams’ coaching facility and workplaces. Then lethal wildfires raged close by, forcing some gamers, coaches and workers out of their houses.
The Rams managed to beat the Seattle Seahawks at residence final Sunday, then flew to Colorado Springs to coach at altitude in preparation for Monday’s sport, which was scheduled to be performed in Mexico Metropolis. A day after arriving in Colorado, the Rams discovered that the league was shifting the sport to Los Angeles due to issues with the sphere at Azteca Stadium. The Rams stayed in Colorado till Saturday anyway.