The Monday Night Football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams had a final score of 54-51 with the Rams winning at home. It was the highest scoring Monday Night Football game of all time and in the top 5 of any game all time.
However, that does not mean there wasn’t defense being played.
There were three defensive touchdowns in this game; two by the Rams and one by the Chiefs.
With that being said, it was still an offensive shootout. Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff combined for 10 passing touchdowns and Goff rushed for another. The two young QBs combined for almost 900 yards passing. Tyreek Hill had 215 yards receiving and Brandin Cooks added a 100 of his own for good measure.
The fans love a good shootout.
Chiefs-Rams was the highest rated Monday Night Football game since 2014. It was 57% higher than last year’s Week 11 Monday Night Football. The spike in ratings for this year compared to last year is in part because of the offensive overload this year.
The Saints are on pace to have the best offensive season since the 2007 Patriots and could possibly be the greatest ever. Last year, the New England Patriots led the NFL in points per game with 28.6. This year, three teams are averaging more than 30 points per game. Six teams are averaging more points than the top ranked Patriots averaged last year.
The 2007 Patriots, who went 16-0, scored 589 total points, averaging 36.8 PPG. This year, the Saints are putting up 37.8, the Chiefs are putting up 36.7, and the Rams are putting up 35.4.
What’s crazier is that a lot of these games in the past between high scoring offensive teams and terrible teams have been absolute blowouts, but that’s not the case this year. The Cleveland Browns are averaging 21.8 and had multiple games go to overtime. Even the New York Giants, who have looked god awful on offense, are averaging 21.5 points per game.
High scoring games and competitive games result in better ratings. Better ratings means more money for the NFL. We all know how much the NFL loves money.