Los Angeles gets another preview of their LA Rams tonight, after coming from behind to beat the Dallas Cowboys a week ago. Despite the win it was mixed reviews for them. The starters, and second-string players for that matter, did not look too good. And those are the guys who are going to out there during the regular season, so take that win with a grain of salt. I mean, every preseason game should be looked at like that, but we didn’t see much out of the 1st overall pick from the NFL Draft. There is pressure and expectations placed on Goff, a guy who didn’t look at his best in his first ever professional game. Reports out of training camp are pointing to the same thing. Like I said last week, I’m not especially high on Goff, but we’ll see what comes of his career. I’m not a guy who would be drafting a quarterback 1st overall that comes from a shotgun offense at California.
For the Kansas City Chiefs, I see more of the same for them in 2016. Just like Andy Reid with the Eagles, they’re good, but not good enough to bring it to another level. Do you expect the Chiefs and Alex Smith to put it all together? I’m not buying it, especially with Reid who has been the master of choke. Last season they were right there again, but not quite enough, which has been a recurring theme during Andy Reid’s career. The Chiefs finished with a nice record of 11-5 in 2015, and then put a whopping on the Houston Texas in the AFC Wild Card game, a 30-0 final score. The Patriots put an end to their fun in the next round, where they lost 27-20. In other words, the Chiefs are good at beating the teams they should beat, but against upper tier talent, they end up falling short.
We anticipate the Chiefs’ offense to play the entire first-half. Reports are saying that much, but coaches seem to like to change their minds at the last minute and in-game. If the offense is looking sharp as a tack in the first quarter, I don’t know if Reid is going to want to press the issue and continue playing them. I expect the Rams are going to want to get a much better look at Jared Goff in this game. I see him taking the majority of the snaps against the Chiefs. He needs to find more confidence in himself, so it would be foolish not to get Goff plenty of snaps in this one. This will be the last game at the LA Coliseum before the regular season, we’ll see if the Rams leave a good taste in their fans mouths.
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Goff will look to shake off the rust from last week, but it was Sean Mannion who upstaged Goff. Goff ended the contest with 4 of 9 completions, 39 yards, and an interception. Mannion was responsible with leading the Rams back to win the game. The former Oregon State product has looked fluid and productive this preseason in camp. He even beat Goff on a 100 dollar bet, which we learned on Hard Knocks the other night. Rams’ fans are hoping that his first start was just opening jitters, but he’s going to have to fight of the nerves more than once if he wants to be a quality NFL quarterback. He reminded me of Sam Bradford when he was playing in college and nothing has changed those thoughts.
Alex Smith will have the entire first-half to operate against the Rams, according to Andy Reid. Running back Jamaal Charles is back at practice, but I don’t we see much of him in the preseason at all. He has been ruled out of the game today on Saturday. So, the rotation isn’t look too bad for the Chiefs in this game. They’re going to have Smith at the controls for two quarters, and then former Eagle Nick Foles will take over in the 3rd quarter. Say what you want about Foles, but he should be able to handle second and third-stringers.
Foles only had eight passes against the Seahawks last week, completing 4 of 8. The Chiefs ultimately fell 17-16. Look for Aaron Murray, the ex-Georgia to get a healthy workout in the 4th quarter. Kevin Hogan, rookie out of Stanford, will assume the final few minutes of the game. I don’t see Hogan as an NFL quarterback, not now or in the future, but he will probably be in to hand the ball off. I think this might be a nice spot to take advantage on the Chiefs. You rarely find teams play their starters for the full two quarters in the second preseason game. Hopefully this doesn’t come back to bite the Chiefs on an injury front, but I like their chances to win this game.
PICK: CHIEFS TO WIN (-110)