One-on-One: Who is the best team in the NFL so far?

Kansas City Chiefs

BY ANTHONY LANDAHL & JACK SIMZYK

 

Its easy to get caught up in the hype of the flashy Philadelphia Eagles and very tempting to choose the trustworthy New England Patriots with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady still at the helm. But when considering who the truly best team in the NFL is, we chose a team that has already beaten both the Eagles and the Pats. Our choice for the best team in the NFL so far is the Kansas City Chiefs.

While the Chiefs suffered their first loss last week, when they fell 19-13 to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 5-1 Chiefs have surprised many with their otherwise dominant start.

The Chiefs didnt waste any time, and put the league on notice opening night by topping the reigning Super Bowl champion Patriots 42-27 in New England.

Kansas City boasts one of the most high-powered offenses in the league through the first six weeks of play. Head coach Andy Reid has been pushing all the right buttons and even has quarterback Alex Smith, whos known as a game manager, in the MVP race.

Smith is not doing it all by himself, though. Kansas City is littered with offensive weapons, including wide receiver Tyreek Hill, pro bowl tight end Travis Kelce and current rushing leader and rookie sensation Kareem Hunt.

The Chiefs have a fairly easy schedule the rest of the way, and we dont see them letting up. Kansas City should continue blowing teams out all the way to a division title and trip to the playoffs.

Nicks choice, the Rams, is a laughable one. The teams early success will be brief as they fall back to Earth. Todd Gurley and Jared Goff will soon return to the form they displayed from last season and the Rams will be lucky to finish 8-8.

 

Los Angeles Rams

BY NICK KONOW

 

The Rams first season in Los Angeles was an abysmal one as they finished just 4-12. The team now looks to be reenergized thanks to their new head coach, 31-year-old offensive guru Sean McVay. Los Angeles, currently at 4-2, already has as many wins as it did last season and doesnt look to be slowing down anytime soon.

McVay has quickly turned the culture around in L.A. and joins the Rams after two seasons of being the offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins. During his short time in Washington, he was able to make Kirk Cousins look elite.

Now in L.A., the offense first coach has Jared Goff to work with at quarterback, who possess much more talent. Through six games, the University of California product has been phenomenal and is displaying why the Rams selected him with the number-one overall pick.

McVays coaching philosophy is to design a game plan around his players strengths, and it sure has seemed to work so far. While Jack and Anthony say the Chiefs have a high-powered offense, I wonder what that makes the Rams offensive unit, super powered?

The Rams have scored the most points in the league so far and average a staggering 29.8 per game. Other than Todd Gurley, who is third overall in rushing and leading the league in touchdowns, the Rams really dont have many other standout players. This team is getting it done almost solely on play calling.

The Rams also possess a much better defense than the Chiefs, and we all know the clich, defense wins championships. But it is said so often because its true. If offense won championships, Peyton Manning would have at least seven Super Bowl rings.

While the Chiefs look good right now, Andy Reid has had plenty of teams with as much talent yet always finds a way to blow it. If only he could learn not to use all of his timeouts in the first quarter.