As the NFL season enters week 12 in the Midwest, an interconference battle that had plenty of luster before the season began has lost its luster. The Los Angeles Rams are on the road and will face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon.
Allen Robinson II QUESTIONABLE, Clyde Edwards-Helaire INJURED-RESERVE for Rams – Chiefs
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- About Allen Robinson II
Robinson (ankle) is not expected to play against the Chiefs on Sunday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Robinson is officially listed as questionable due to a foot injury, but it appears he’s heading in the wrong direction for Week 12, a game in which Los Angeles’ offense will most likely be led by Bryce Perkins.
If Robinson is officially ruled out ahead of Sunday’s 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, Van Jefferson and Ben Skowronek will lead the wide receiver corps, with Brandon Powell, Tutu Atwell, Lance McCutcheon, and Jacob Harris also seeing increased opportunities.
Los Angeles won the Super Bowl last season, but things haven’t gone their way this year, as they enter this game with four straight losses, including a road loss to the Saints last week.
The Rams rank 22nd in the league in passing offense, averaging 211.9 yards per game, and 31st in rushing offense, averaging 76.1 yards per game.
Matthew Stafford has completed 206 of 303 passes for 2,087 yards and 10 touchdowns while throwing eight interceptions. On the ground, he gains nine yards and a touchdown.
Bryce Perkins (six of 11, 61 yards, 43 rush yards) and John Wolford (24 of 36, 212 yards, TD, INT) have seen limited action. This week, Perkins will take over for the injured Stafford.
Darrell Henderson Jr., the team’s leading rusher with 70 attempts for 283 yards and three touchdowns, was released earlier this week.
The current backs in the system are Cam Akers (76 carries, 237 yards, TD) and Kyren Williams (eight carries, 45 yards).
Cooper Kupp leads the team this season with 75 receptions for 812 yards and six touchdowns. Allen Robinson II (33 catches, 339 yards, three touchdowns), Tyler Higbee (48 catches, 430 yards), and Ben Skowronek (27 catches, 249 yards) have all surpassed the 200-yard mark this season.
Matt Gay has made 18 of 18 extra point attempts and 14 of 15 field goal attempts this season, with a long of 58.
Injury Report for Los Angeles Rams
The Rams’ injury report is quite lengthy.
Stafford (neck, concussion protocol) and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson (knee) have already been ruled out.
On Thursday, tackle Ty Nsekhe (ankle) and center Brian Allen (thumb) did not practice.
Tight end Tyler Higbee (knee), wide receiver Allen Robinson II (ankle), center Matt Skura (knee), and linebacker Travin Howard (hip) all missed practice.
Kupp (ankle) will also miss the majority of the regular season. Keep an eye out for updates on their respective statuses as the game approaches.
- About Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Edwards-Helaire will miss a minimum of four games while he recovers from a high-ankle sprain, with the Chiefs’ Week 16 matchup with Seattle representing the earliest possible date for a return.
Isiah Pacheco had supplanted him in the Kansas City backfield in recent weeks anyway, but Edwards-Helaire still had a role off the bench before injuring his ankle in the second quarter of Sunday’s win over the Chargers.
It’ll be Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon leading the way for the Chiefs over the next month, and Ronald Jones may also get some chances for the first time all season.
Kansas City narrowly defeated the Chargers on the road last Sunday night to earn their fourth consecutive victory.
With an average of 314.7 yards per game this season, the Chiefs rank first in the league in passing offense. Kansas City ranks 17th in the league in rushing offense, averaging 114.6 yards per game this season.
Patrick Mahomes is the Chiefs’ quarterback, and he’s completed 265 of 400 passes for 3,265 yards, 28 touchdowns, and seven interceptions this season.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire leads the team in rushing with 71 carries for 302 yards and three touchdowns.
Isiah Pacheco (75 carries, 386 yards, touchdown) and Jerick McKinnon (39 carries, 149 yards) have also contributed to the ground game.
The passing game has plenty of targets, as evidenced by Travis Kelce’s 69 receptions for 855 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.
JuJu Smith-Schuster (46 catches, 615 yards, two touchdowns), Mecole Hardman (25 catches, 297 yards, four touchdowns), McKinnon (26 catches, 212 yards, two touchdowns), and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (27 catches, 459 yards, two touchdowns) have all been productive targets this season.
This season, Harrison Butker has made 18 of 20 extra point attempts and eight of 11 field goal attempts with a long of 62.
Safety Eric Reid is one of two players on extra points without attempting a field goal, while Matt Ammendola has connected on three of four extra points and three of four field goal attempts this season, with a long of 31 yards.
Matthew Wright is 5-for-5 on extra points and 2-for-2 on field goals, with a long of 44.
Injury Report for Kansas City Chiefs
Edwards-Helaire (ankle) and Hardman (abdominal) were recently placed on injured reserve, so they are here.
Michael Burton (illness), Kadarius Toney (hamstring), and Joe Thuney (ankle) all missed practice on Thursday.
Safety In practice, Juan Thornhill (calf) was limited. Keep an eye out for updates on their statuses in the days leading up to kickoff.