The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams have been dominant all season. Now, they’ll face-off in an incredible Week 11 matchup scheduled for Monday night.
But the biggest story early in the week isn’t the quality game fans will get to see when the two one-loss teams square off—it’s where it will be played.
The game was scheduled to be played in Mexico City but photos of the field had shown the turf appears to be in pretty bad shape. Players were apparently concerned about injuries and, after rumors the game would be moved to a different location, it was announced that it was going to be played in L.A. instead of Mexico.
"The league consulted with the [NFL Players Association] as well as independent field experts and decided the playing surface at Azteca Stadium did not meet NFL standards," tweeted NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
But, with the location decided, much of the focus will now be on Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has taken the NFL by storm this season, becoming a legit MVP candidate. He has set the franchise’s single-season passing TD record in just 10 games.
"He’s had a heck of a year," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after Kansas City’s win over the Arizona Cardinal last week, via ESPN. “He’s playing his heart out. I love the back side of that, the preparation and how he goes about his business there day in and day out . . . He comes out every day and he’s bringing energy and he makes sure he has his things in order when he does that. He’s got a lot on his plate as far as responsibility goes to run the offense and he takes care of that."
Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium on November 11, 2018, in Kansas City, Missouri. Mahomes is set to take on the L.A. Rams next. Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Here’s the betting info for Mahomes’ next matchup, as well as gambling info and expert predictions for every Week 11 NFL game. Odds are via Odds Shark (and Bovada if lines have moved), while expert predictions are from Bleacher Report, CBS Sports and Sporting News.
Thursday, November 15
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks: Seattle -3. Bleacher Report, CBS and Sporting News all picked Seattle.
Sunday, November 18
Cincinnati Bengal at Baltimore Ravens: Baltimore -3.5. BR picked the Ravens. CBS picked the Bengals. Sporting News picked the Ravens.
Carolina Panthers at Detroit Lions: Panthers -4. Bleacher Report, CBS and Sporting News all picked Carolina.
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts: Indy -2. BR and CBS picked the Colts. Sporting News picked the Titans.
Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta -3. Bleacher Report, CBS and Sporting News all picked the Falcons.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants: EVEN. Bleacher Report picked the Giants. CBS picked the Bucs. Sporting News picked New York.
Houston Texans at Washington: Houston -3. Bleacher Report, CBS and Sporting News all picked Houston.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars: Pittsburgh -6. Bleacher Report picked the Jags. CBS and Sporting news picked the Steelers.
Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers: Chargers -7. Bleacher Report picked the Broncos. CBS and Sporting news picked the Chargers.
Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals: Cardinals -4. Bleacher Report picked the Raiders. CBS and Sporting news picked the Cardinals.