3. Milk the clock and control possession
Even if the Los Angeles Rams get to Patrick Mahomes more than any other team has this season he is still Patrick Mahomes and he is still going to make things happen. If he isn’t having his greatest game, the team can rely on Kareem Hunt to expose an over-blitzing defense for big runs.
Basically, no matter what the Rams do the Chiefs are always going to be a threat to score. With the best returner in the league in Tyreek Hill and an offense that gives defensive coordinators nightmares, the Chiefs are always dangerous.
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Plus, the secondary has not been great since Aqib Talib went down with an injury and Michael Thomas and the Saints really exposed how to beat Marcus Peters. With Hill, Sammy Watkins and tight end Travis Kelce, someone is bound to be open.
That is why the Rams need to rely on the offensive mindset of going to the underneath stuff to milk the clock and keep the Chiefs off the field.
While everyone loves a 75-yard touchdown, three and four-yard gains are going to be the Rams’ best friend on Monday. This allows the team to slowly and methodically drive up the field while taking everything off the clock.
Letting the play clock get within five seconds and wearing out the defense is a recipe for success against anyone. Against the Chiefs, it gives the Rams a much better chance of winning than winning in a shootout.
This will get the Chiefs offense off their rhythm and will limit the damage they can do on the field. If played correctly, assuming LA wins the coin toss, the Rams can work the clock to take a one-possession lead to halftime.
Then, with the ball after the half, the Rams can start the second half with a slow, methodical seven-minute drive that ends in seven points. Of course, this is the best-case scenario, but the Rams would then have a two-possession lead with only 17 minutes to play.
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