The NFL season is close to halfway done, and with it we can see already there is going to be a lot of great action heading in the second half, with a number of great teams getting set to battle it out for the right to get to the Super Bowl come early February.
There’s no doubt right now that there are two teams that seem to be the early favorite halfway through the season that have the media’s attention, that being the Los Angeles Rams as well as the Kansas City Chiefs.
If you look at the online sportsbooks (click here to find out if online gambling is legal in your state), the Rams as well as the Chiefs are the two favorite teams to win it all, as the Rams are 8-0 in the season, perfect with eight games left to play.
As for the Chiefs, they are 7-1, and in terms of the NFL Standings, they are the top dogs in the AFC West, a competitive division in which the Chiefs are going to have to fight off the Los Angeles Chargers, and also stave off the Denver Broncos who the Chiefs just defeated this last Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
The Chiefs have an interesting road ahead of them if they want to not only secure the home field edge in the AFC, but also keep hold the tough AFC West.
They will have to take care of the young Cleveland Browns on the road this Sunday in Cleveland, a team that just fired their head coach in Hue Jackson, but still have a solid young team with first-round pick Baker Mayfield leading the offense.
After that they will host the Arizona Cardinals, another team with a young quarterback, as they will have Josh Rosen slinging the ball all over the field to weapons like running back David Johnson and wide out Larry Fitzgerald.
The game that both the Rams and Chiefs are looking forward to will take place on November 19th in Mexico City, as the two teams will do battle and go at it, a possible Super Bowl preview and a game that everyone will all have their eyes on.
After a bye week the Chiefs will wrap up the regular season with two games against the Oakland Raiders, a game at home against the Baltimore Ravens and a tough game on the road against the NFC West’s Seattle Seahawks, a team that the Rams have to look out for in their division.
Kansas City will have some tough competition as well if they want to reach the Super Bowl, as two teams in the AFC that will challenge them for that spot will be the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers, two teams who will not go quietly, and two teams that have had postseason success against the Chiefs and Andy Reid in the past.
In the NFC, the Rams have eight more tough regular season games left as they will look for a perfect regular season, something that has not been done since since the New England Patriots did it in the 2007 season, only to lose in Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants in Glendale, AZ 21-17.
Los Angeles will be tested heavily this Sunday in New Orleans as they take on the Saints, a team with Drew Brees that can push the Rams defense to the edge and Jared Goff and company will have to put up some points to stay in the ranks of the unbeaten.
The Rams will have a tough game in Chicago against the Bears on December 9th, and also will be in for a fight against a team they watched win the Super Bowl last season in the Philadelphia Eagles, a game in primetime on December 16th at 8:20pm Eastern time.
If the Rams are going to get to the Super Bowl, they will have to take on a couple strong teams in the NFC in the postseason. The Saints as well as the Carolina Panthers are two teams that will have to dealt with out of the NFC South.
In the North you have the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers and even the surprising Bears who are playing well enough to make a run in the playoffs if they can get there.
Then in the East the surprising team is the Washington Redskins, who have a rather easy slate in the final two months of the season, and already are sitting atop the division at 6-2.
The Rams can’t overlook any of these teams, but if they can handle their business like the Chiefs, there’s a good chance that come early February at the Super Bowl, it could be a showdown between two high powered offensive teams that will be a blast to watch with two up and coming squads.