Chiefs vs. Rams: 10 Observations from The Mothership
1. Big day from safety
Ron Parker, sack
The Rams scored on their opening offensive drive, which went 65 yards on just six plays and took just a shade over three minutes.
After a Chiefs punt, the Rams had the ball back with a lead and picked up 14 yards on a second-down run by Tre Mason.
On the very next play, quarterback Austin Davis threw into double coverage deep down the field and Chiefs safety Ron Parker made him pay by intercepting the pass.
Arrowhead Recap: Chiefs vs. Rams from The Mothership
On Sunday, the Chiefs honored and supported those who are battling breast cancer and celebrated those who are survivors. To begin the day, the Chiefs Women's Organization and the women of Zeta Tau Alpha passed out pink ribbons and pink eye black to fans walking into the stadium.
"We are passionate about promoting breast cancer awareness and it's our pleasure to help inform fans about getting screened and performing monthly self-exams," Tavia Hunt said. "Early detection is key to curing and preventing breast cancer, so we are wearing our pink and encouraging fans to learn more about breast cancer."
Postgame Facts and Stats from The Mothership
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Kansas City's 34-7 victory signaled the second time this season that the Chiefs have registered a 27-point margin of victory over an opponent. The other instance came vs. New England on ESPN's Monday Night Football as the Chiefs beat the Patriots 41-14. The 27-point margins of victory represent the widest winning margins since the Chiefs recorded a 35-point victory, beating the Washington Redskins 45-10 on Dec. 8, 2013.
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Chiefs RB Knile Davis, defense shine in 34-7 win over Rams from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs spotted the St. Louis Rams the game's first seven points, and then slammed the door with 34 unanswered points en route to a 34-7 win.
Running back Knile Davis punctuated the victory with a 99-yard return for a touchdown to start the second half.
And Davis' kick return came at a perfect time to energize a Chiefs team that for the most part had a sluggish first half en route to a 10-7 halftime lead.
First off, context: Justin Houston is averaging 1.43 sacks per game. Coming into Sunday, six different NFL teams were averaging 1.2 or fewer. As a roster.
Which led to this question being posed to Houston after his Kansas City Chiefs emasculated the St. Louis Rams, 34-7:
Are you the best outside linebacker in the NFL?
"I'm going to let somebody else make the judgment," Houston said with a grin after an afternoon in which he accounted for three of the Chiefs' seven sacks. Then he opened up.
"I think I'm the best any time I step on the field."
Chiefs have a good thing with TE Travis Kelce in open space from Chiefs Digest
There is arguably a short list of athletic tight ends around the NFL having their number called for bubble screens.
The play is designed to get an athletic player quickly in space, and tight ends capable of thriving on the outside include the likes of Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints, Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots and Julius Thomas of the Denver Broncos.
Add second-year Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce to the list.
Rapid Reaction: Kansas City Chiefs from ESPN
Chiefs turn up the heat: The game turned in the second quarter when, with the score tied 7-7, the Rams recovered a Kansas City fumble at the Chiefs' 8-yard line. Tamba Hali's pressure forced Rams quarterback Austin Davis from the pocket for a 1-yard gain on second down. Then Ron Parker sacked Davis for a 14-yard loss on third down, forcing a 38-yard field goal attempt.Greg Zuerlein's kick went wide right, and the Rams came away without any points. Parker's sack was one of seven for the Chiefs on Sunday.
Chiefs score 34 unanswered in 34-7 rout of Rams from The Associated Press via CBS Sports
Jamaal Charles shredded the Rams on a pair of touchdown runs. Knile Davis returned a kickoff 99 yards for another score. The Chiefs sacked St. Louis quarterback Austin Davis seven times.
If there was a fourth phase to football, Kansas City probably would have dominated that, too.
After spotting their cross-state rivals the first touchdown, the Chiefs turned up the pressure in every way Sunday. The result was a 34-7 victory, their sixth straight in the series dating to Sept. 24, 1994, when the Rams were still based in Los Angeles.
Chiefs special teams headlines Week 8 highs from Chiefs Digest
The Brazilian is on a streak. Rookie kicker Cairo Santos was 2-for-2 on field goals, drilling one for 53 yards and another for 28 yards. He has made eight straight field goals after starting the season 2-of-4. Santos made both extra point attempts as well.
"It felt really great and the ball stayed straight," Santos said. "The crowd let me know better, because I couldn't really tell how far it was going to go. As soon as the ball came off my foot, they started cheering, that's when I knew it must be enough."
Football might be a team game, but the Rams are finding that consistent offense requires some elite individual talent.
Without any stars, execution must be nearly perfect to score against good teams, especially when it matters most. The smallest disruption or mistake can be enough to derail momentum, and it hasn't been easy for St. Louis to get it back.
That was all too evident Sunday when the Rams took a 7-0 lead on their opening drive and looked strong right up until Kansas City safety Ron Parker picked off quarterback Austin Davis' deep pass into double coverage.
Before giving Houston the regular-season sack title or the Chiefs' single-season record, recall that Houston was on a similarly torrid pace last season. He had 11 sacks through eight games, making him a legitimate threat for both standards.
He didn't get another sack the rest of the season, in large part because he missed five games because of a dislocated elbow.
Whether Houston winds up leading the NFL or setting the franchise record, he's already established himself as one of the league's premier pass rushers. He has 21 sacks in his last 18 games.
Rams crushed in Kansas City 34-7 from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
After a promising start, the Kansas City nightmare continued for the Rams. A 34-7 loss to the Chiefs made the Rams 0-3 against their NFL cousins on the western edge of the state since the move to St. Louis in 1995.
The composite score in those three contests: Kansas City 137, Rams 51.
Since that buzz-kill of a season-opening 34-6 loss to Minnesota, the Rams had played everyone tough over the next five games. But not this Sunday.
While the Chiefs were piling up points in the second half, the Rams were piling up penalties, missed tackles, and injuries. It was an embarrassing afternoon to say the least.
Rapid Reaction: St. Louis Rams from ESPN
Stock watch: Down -- The offense, all of it. After an impressive opening drive, the Rams were wholly ineffective with the ball, with plenty of blame to be spread. Start with ineffective play calling that offered little in the way of creativity or adjustments, then go to an offensive line that was leaking from almost every position to a quarterback who forced a bad interception in the first quarter to receivers failing to create separation. You name it, the Rams did (or didn't do) all of it. All told, the Rams mustered 200 yards of offense, including just 20 in an atrocious third quarter.
Chiefs stomp the Rams in the battle for Missouri from ProFootballTalk
The loss drops the Rams to 2-5. They're a last-place team going nowhere. But the win improves the Chiefs to 4-3 and puts them very much in the AFC wild card mix. This was the kind of game the Chiefs needed to win, and they won it handily.
The first person Andy Reid shook hands with after emerging from the Chiefs' locker room was Donovan McNabb, Reid's former quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles. Reid asked McNabb, who was working his first game as a TV analyst on the Fox telecast, whether he was nervous. McNabb replied by saying he thought Reid was going to allow Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith to throw more passes.
Chiefs-Rams: What we learned from Lindy's Sports
With a second-half lead, a Rams offensive line losing starters in every quarter and inexperienced quarterback Austin Davis in the St. Louis pocket, the Kansas City defense knocked him down seven times, allowed only 116 net passing yards and dominated the game as the Chiefs pushed their record to 4-3 on the season.
"The defense absolutely dominated the game," Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said of his defensive teammates. "To have a defense play like those guys did today is special. They really dominated and set the tone."
ERIC BERRY: It may take a hefty price tag to pry the Kansas City Chiefs' 25-year-old safety away, but he certainly would solidify the Eagles' secondary. A former first-round pick, Berry is currently battling an ankle injury but has 15 tackles in just two games this season. Perhaps with their playoff chances fading, Andy Reid would pick up Howie Roseman's call.
Somehow, the Jets Take a Turn for the Worse from The New York Times
Ryan said the Jets would evaluate the position later, but as Smith answered questions about a first quarter - about a first 11 minutes, really - that he called "just atrocious," he seemed like a man who expected to watch next week's game, at Kansas City, from the sideline.
"I've got a lot of work to do," said Smith, who had X-rays on his right shoulder after the game. "I've got my work cut out for myself."
The strong support that Smith forged in the locker room has eroded. No one, when asked, said he would prefer Vick to Smith, or vice versa, but several players acknowledged that Vick, whose interception and two lost fumbles led to 13 Buffalo points, energized the offense, at least in the second quarter.
After the Rams' 34-7 blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon, the 2-5 Rams appear headed down the path to another disastrous season.
And there will be no sequence of plays that better sums up this year's team so far than what happened midway through the second quarter of Sunday's loss.
In a 7-7 game with the ball at Kansas City's 8-yard line after a fumble recovery by defensive end William Hayes, the Rams somehow managed to come away with no points. Not a touchdown, not a field goal, nothing. Instead of at least a 3-point Rams' lead, Kansas City got the ball back and promptly drove for a field goal of its own.
Despite Charles having not been diagnosed with a concussion the team effectively treated him this week as if he had, and by Wednesday it had received the results back from Pittsburgh which further concluded he had not suffered a concussion. The NFL has found no reason to further pursue the matter, sources said, and had no issues with their explanation of the situation.
Former Kansas City Chiefs and Royals participate in wounded veteran pheasant hunt from Kansas First News
Jacob Edwards is a native Topekan who can often be seen with his bird dogs on the Pursuit Channel. Edwards has long had a dream to take wounded veterans hunting with Royals and Chiefs players from years past. About six months ago, he went out of his way and somehow made it happen before the Royals made post season.
Bernie: Rams are numbingly bad from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
After failing to make baseball's postseason tournament for 29 consecutive seasons (1986 through 2013) the Kansas Royals will have the chance to win a World Series at home, a few hundred yards from the spot where your Rams just absorbed a punishing 34-7 beatdown administered by the KC Chiefs.
So that is why there is always hope of a Rams turnaround.
The Royals show that anything is possible.
The Jets Historic Skid-And That's Saying Something from The Wall Street Journal
Only one Jets team, in 1975, has ever lost more consecutive games in one season. That team's eight-game losing steak ended up costing two head coaches their jobs: the less-than-aptly named Charlie Winner and his replacement, Ken Shipp. That off-season also featured the departure of the team's defensive-line coach, Buddy Ryan (Rex's father).
Next week, the Jets will be heavy underdogs against the 4-3 Chiefs in Kansas City, considered one of the toughest places to play. Then the Jets return home to face the Pittsburgh Steelers, whom they have beaten only four times in 21 tries since the merger.
Kansas City stomped the St. Louis Rams today, and this guy-spotted by @jonisthenewblk-was either so bored by the lopsided result that he retreated to the parking lot for a quick nap, or never managed to make it into the stadium in the first place.
Jackson, who is active for Sunday's game against Minnesota, is drawing interest from the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eeagles [sic], according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. with the trade deadline looming Tuesday. But that doesn't mean the Bucs are eager to work a deal for the 31-year-old player. They want "real value," Rapoport reports - possibly as much as a second-round draft pick. Other reports indicate the Kansas City Chiefs have also expressed interest in Jackson.
Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 9 from NFL.com
8. Jace Amaro, TE, New York Jets (1.7 percent owned)
Fantasy owners in PPR leagues who need a tight end should consider grabbing Amaro off the waiver wire as a one-week spot start. Over the last three weeks, he has recorded a combined 18 catches (22 targets) and one touchdown. He also has a good matchup on the schedule against the Kansas City Chiefs, who have struggled to stop opposing tight ends. Amaro does lose a bit of luster in all standard leagues.
Time has come for Geno Smith to turn over NY Jets quarterback job from NY Daily News
Time technically hasn't run out on general manager John Idzik's 2013 second-round pick, but Ryan can't justify throwing Smith back in there right now given his brutal first half of the season (7 TDs, 10 INTs, 65.6 QB rating).
Smith, who went 2-for-8 for five yards, three INTs and a 0.0 QB rating, needs to sit and watch in Kansas City. Vick, 34, obviously isn't the future for a franchise that should be looking to draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2015 draft (see: Marcus Mariota, Connor Cook, Sean Mannion, Jameis Winston, et al), but he's the lesser of two evils.