The St. Louis Rams came out firing on all cylinders while the Kansas City Chiefs played as if they thought the game started an hour later, and the Rams rolled to an easy 31-17 win Saturday night in the Edwards Jones Dome.
How bad was the game? It was as bad as last week’s game against the Cardinals was good. The Rams defense caused four turnovers in the game, and the Rams offense turned them into 21 of their 31 points, and could have made it 24 of 34 points had their kicker not missed a field goal after rookie RB Nate Eachus fumbled in the fourth quarter.
The Chiefs found themselves down 14-0 after the offense had only run two plays. St. Louis took the opening kickoff down the field as if the KC defense wasn’t even there, scoring the game’s first touchdown on a 4-play, 80-yard drive. St. Louis appeared to play much quicker and with a sense of urgency than the Chiefs did, which makes sense considering they lost 38-3 last week to the Colts.
The Chiefs took the ball and after a 1-yard catch by Tony Moeaki, quarterback Matt Cassel hit WR Jon Baldwin with a 7-yard pass that he promptly fumbled away to the Rams. That was merely foreshadowing for what was to happen the rest of the night.
Six plays later, Rams QB Sam Bradford hit WR Danny Amendola for an 8-yard touchdown pass, which was made more remarkable because Chiefs CB Javier Arenas couldn’t have interfered more with Amendola on the play unless he just tackled him before the ball got to the receiver. However, tackling him would have been impossible for Arenas considering how badly Amendola had beaten him to the corner of the end zone.
To discuss everything that went bad for the Chiefs might require a 30-page article, so the discussion of what went right will make easier for those of you reading this.
Midway through the first quarter after being down 14-0, the Chiefs woke up on both sides of the ball and began to play better. The defense actually began to stop the Rams and forcing punts. The offense, led by Cassel and Jamaal Charles, began to move the ball.
In a classic case of “better late than never”, the real Chiefs woke up and finished the half out playing with a bit of energy and pride. The Chiefs scored their line touchdown of the half on a 1-yard plunge up the middle by RB Peyton Hillis. It was Hillis’ second touchdown of the preseason.
Now that the team is back in Kansas City to finish training camp, the coaches will have PLENTY of things to work on and they should have every player’s full attention.
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