The Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs were two of the top teams in the NFL last season, and squared off in arguably the best game of the regular season, a high-scoring Monday night thriller.
The Chiefs were one win away from the Super Bowl, while the Rams got to the big game and were one win shy of a world championship. It will be tough for both teams to duplicate the feats of 2018, but at least one NFL analyst thinks it can be done.
Conor Orr of the MMQB released his record projections for the NFL last week. He has the Rams and Chiefs both finishing the regular season with a 13-3 record.
Here’s what Orr had to say about the Chiefs.
Winning the division is another baked-in inevitability I was hoping to avoid, especially since the savvy game prognosticator might build in a bit of regression for the Chiefs in year two of the Patrick Mahomes era. Still, I don’t know if Oakland has gotten good enough to act as a significant speed bump, and Denver will either be playing a rookie quarterback or still pacing an offense with a player remarkably similar to the one who played the position last year. I’ve marked them down for losses to the Chargers, Colts and a super random early-season upset at the hands of the Jaguars since they may still be in the midst of some roster upheaval.
The Rams are dealing with the uncertainty of Todd Gurley’s health, but still project to have one of the strongest rosters in the league.
Meanwhile, Kansas City’s offense received a boost when the NFL announced it would not be disciplining Tyreek Hill. The Chiefs will have Hill from Week 1 on.
Orr has both the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts next in-line at 12-4.