Rams-Chiefs preview: Bryce Perkins vs. Patrick Mahomes at QB

There will likely be no easing into it.

On Sunday, Rams quarterback Bryce Perkins is anticipated to make his first NFL begin, and will probably be towards probably the greatest groups within the NFL, in one of many league’s loudest environments with a frontrunner for most precious participant at quarterback for the opponent.

Aside from that, not a lot of a problem for a participant the Rams signed as an undrafted free agent in 2020.

“You’re going to have a little of those kinds of heartbeats,” Perkins stated of sustaining his composure towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, including, “a little butterfly, a little heartbeat here and there, but once that first play snaps, we’ll get rid of it.”

With Matthew Stafford sidelined due to damage, Perkins will direct the offense for a struggling Rams workforce that’s 3-7, has misplaced 4 video games in a row and is getting ready to elimination from playoff competition.

The Rams are two-touchdown underdogs towards the Chiefs (8-2) and Patrick Mahomes, who engineered one other last-minute, game-winning drive to defeat the Chargers final Sunday at SoFi Stadium.

Perkins, 25, made the Rams roster for the second consecutive season with preseason performances that compelled the Rams to not danger exposing him to waivers.

Three weeks in the past, with Stafford in concussion protocol, Perkins backed up John Wolford and performed 5 snaps in his NFL debut. Final Sunday, Stafford began towards the New Orleans Saints however went into concussion protocol after he was sacked within the second half. Perkins got here on and directed two field-goal drives.

Now, with Stafford out and Wolford questionable due to a neck damage, the 6-foot-3, 214-pound Perkins is poised for the chance he dreamed about rising up in Arizona earlier than taking part in at Arizona State and Virginia.

Perkins welcomes the prospect to play in one of many NFL’s hardest venues for visiting groups.

“I love the rough, rowdy environments,” he stated. “To get a chance to go out there, feel the energy, that’s what you live for, those movie-type football scenarios.”

With seven video games left, the Rams’ season matches the catastrophe style.

Perkins will likely be working behind an injury-ravaged line that would function the eleventh completely different beginning group in 11 video games, together with a fourth left deal with.

Star receiver Cooper Kupp is on injured reserve following ankle surgical procedure, and tight finish Tyler Higbee is questionable due to a knee situation.

Perkins will go up towards the Chiefs protection, not Mahomes, and appears ahead to competing towards a dual-threat participant he has lengthy admired.

“Just the things he does, how he throws the ball, the plays he gets out of, plays he makes with his legs, it is definitely like something that’s like, ‘Wow,’” Perkins stated, including, “It’s going to be fun to get out there, see him in person, and I know our defense is ready for it.”

Mahomes has handed for 28 touchdowns, with seven interceptions, in an offense that leads the league in passing and scoring.

Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris described the 6-3, 227-pound Mahomes in otherworldly phrases.

“Let’s be honest,” Morris stated, “like he’s an alien.”

An alien?

“It’s just something that you can’t compare it to,” linebacker Bobby Wagner stated. “He’s one of one. He’s a special talent.”

Stated cornerback Jalen Ramsey: “I mean, what can’t he do?”

Mahomes, 27, was in his second NFL season in 2018 when he launched himself to the Rams.

In one of the thrilling video games in “Monday Night Football” historical past, Mahomes handed for 478 yards and 6 touchdowns in a 54-51 defeat of the Rams on the Coliseum.

The subsequent season, he led the Chiefs to a Tremendous Bowl title. Three years later, he’s even higher.

“Looks comfortable,” Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald stated, “like he doesn’t get rattled much.”

Defensive lineman Greg Gaines put it one other manner.

“Gotta try and just keep him from getting out of that pocket, running around in circles, going 30 yards deep and then throwing a dime,” Gaines stated.