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Rams Vs. Chiefs: Five Bad Stats

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The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the St. Louis Rams on Friday night, 14-0, and gave up the Governor's Cup to the wrong side of Missouri.

We've already looked at five good stats from the game so here's a look at five bad stats (and there were more than five).

14-0. That was the score after the Rams first two possessions against the Chiefs first team defense. We say preseason doesn't mean much -- and it really doesn't -- but this was first team vs. first team and the Chiefs came away losers. The defense looked weak giving up 127 rushing yards to RB Steven Jackson and RB Cadillac Williams while QB Sam Bradford completed his first eight passes of the game. 

2. Number of Jackie Battle fumbles. One of these was overturned so officially it was just one fumble but still, that's not a good look for Battle. He's the third running back and with the addition of Le'Ron McClain and Dexter McCluster to the backfield this year, carries were going to be hard to come by anyway. Add in two fumbles and Battle's definitely on the roster bubble.

58. Total Chiefs rushing yards. I know it's just the preseason but the running game is the Chiefs bread and butter. Battle averaged just 3.3 yards carrying the ball 13 times for 43 yards. Now, Jamaal Charles carried it just twice so this is in no way a reflection of how the Chiefs will play in the regular season but it's still disappointing to see a weak rushing performance like this.

3. Number of holding penalties for Barry Richardson. Ugh. We knew the right tackle spot was perhaps the biggest weak spot on the offensive line and Richardson made things worse with three penalties. That's just unacceptable. There's no other way to put it. 

3-of-14. Chiefs third down conversion rate. It seems like this has been a problem for years so I'm pretty much immune to the poor third down conversions.

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