Chiefs Destroy Rams, 34-7
By Ben Nielsen
Ah, now that’s a way to spend a Sunday.
The Kansas City Chiefs took care of business against a depleted St. Louis Rams team with a 34-7 victory. The win is the Chiefs’ fourth in their last five games and puts them over .500 for the first time this season. Kansas City is now a half-game out of second place in the division and a half-game out of a playoff spot. A win next week will tie them for second in the division and would give them the advantage over the Chargers for one of those wild-card spots.
Things did not look pretty at the beginning. The Rams opened the game with six plays and 65 yards, culminating in a touchdown to take the early lead. Not a lot of good things happened in the first quarter of this game aside from Ron Parker picking off an Austin Davis pass.
Things started turning around in the second quarter where the Chiefs began their run of 34 straight unanswered points. Jamaal Charles had a his first of two touchdown runs after a brilliant catch and run by Travis Kelce set them up at the 1 yard line. Kelce would finish the game with four catches for 45 yards.
Cairo Santos ended the half with a 53-yard field goal, which would be the first of his two field goals on the day. Santos is now 8-for-8 since starting the season 2-for-4.
Then came human wrecking ball, Knile(s) Davis. Davis took the opening second-half kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to give the Chiefs a 10 point lead. He would add another touchdown run later in the half to help close out the game, finishing the day with 49 yards rushing and two total touchdowns.
Charles was the key in the second half after the Chiefs were able to wear down the stout St. Louis defensive line. Charles caught a big 30-yard pass on a third down and then added the majority of his rushing yards in the final two quarters. On the day, he had 73 rushing yards, 44 receiving yards, and two rushing touchdowns. This was after the offense averaged only 1 yard per carry in the first half.
Defensively the Chiefs were stout after that first drive. They allowed only 200 total yards of offense and sacked Davis seven times in the game. Dee Ford got his first career sack, and Justin Houston added three more to his league-leading sack total, which now stands at 10. Allen Bailey also turned in a hell of a performance.
This was an important win for the Chiefs today, and they should be able to build on it with another home game coming against the hapless New York Jets next week.
Now if we can only find a way to get a wide receiver a touchdown…