Game Recap: Chiefs Defeat Rams, 24-17, To Cap Off 4-0 Preseason from The Mothership
The Rams started the game with their first team on the field and the ball. On third down, quarterback Nick Foles threw to his left while attempting to find tight end Jared Cook, but it bounced off Cook's hands in the air and into the grasp of safety
Daniel Sorensen, who took it back to the St. Louis 8-yard line.
A 7-yard rush from fullback
Spencer Warebrought the Chiefs to the 1-yard line, and on second down, Ware pounded the ball in for a touchdown and a 7-0 Chiefs lead.
Chiefs vs. Rams: 10 Observations from The Mothership
For the first time since 1969, the Kansas City Chiefs finished the preseason with an undefeated record after their 24-17 win on Thursday night over the St. Louis Rams.
If memory serves correctly, that season turned out pretty well for the Chiefs, ending with a Super Bowl IV championship.
Here's to hoping that's a trend that continues.
Chiefs vs. Rams: Postgame Facts and Stats from The Mothership
PRESEASON POINT DIFFERENTIAL: The Chiefs finished the preseason with a +47 point differential (106 for, 59 against), which ranks first in the AFC. The +47 point differential ranks second in the NFL behind Philadelphia (+56).
Kansas City scored 106 points over four preseason games, ranking first in the AFC and second in the NFL behind Philadelphia (133 points). The Chiefs only allowed 59 points in the preseason. With three games left to conclude tonight, Kansas City's 59 points allowed ranked 9th in the NFL and ranked 5th in the AFC.
General Manager John Dorsey talks about Roster Depth and the Preseason from The Mothership
Q: From year one to year three how much better is the depth and how does that affect the roster decisions?
DORSEY: "Well, what we've said all along is that it's going to take a process, it just doesn't happen overnight. When we came in here we had a larger plan - and that was to slowly build this thing. Right now, we're at a level all across the roster where guys can compete and this year there's going to be some guys who unfortunately won't make this roster but will play for other teams in the National Football League."
KCChiefs.com Videos: Chiefs vs. Rams: Game Highlights
Chiefs finish preseason with an unbeaten record after victory over the Rams from Chiefs Digest
"We are in America; you play to win," said head coach Andy Reid. "If it's ping pong, if it's a hot dog eating contest, you play to win. That's how you go about this business. You would rather have it this way than the other way."
The effort also allowed them to return home in possession of the Governor's Cup for beating their cross-state rival. Most significant for the Chiefs was the victory came without their starters and a handful of other veterans that were given the night off by head coach Andy Reid.
Chiefs beat Rams 24-17 to finish preseason unbeaten from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
The Kansas City Chiefs rested all of their regulars and still finished the preseason unbeaten.
Chase Daniel threw a touchdown pass and the Chiefs beat the St. Louis Rams 24-17 on Thursday night.
"It's not meaningless to us," Daniel said. "We're looking forward to the regular season and hopefully we can start off 4-0 there, too."
Kansas City (4-0) was perfect for the first time since 1969, the season the franchise won its lone Super Bowl title.
QB Depth Chart: Holding Steady? Alex Smith, like the rest of the starters, didn't play. Chase Daniel will retain his No. 2 spot despite the first preseason blemish on his record, an interception that was returned for a touchdown. But Daniel otherwise was 16-of-20 for 117 yards and a touchdown.
Aaron Murray plays well, too: Tyler Bray's contract extension puts pressure on Murray to play well and he responded. Playing the second half, Murray led a long touchdown drive on his first possession. It ended with a touchdown pass to Darrin Reaves. Murray was 11-of-15 for 86 yards and the touchdown.
Playmakers highlight fourth preseason game highs from Chiefs Digest
• Safety Daniel Sorensen charged out of the gates on the first drive and came up with an interception on a tipped ball. Sorensen tried making his way to the end zone, but fell short, ending up at the 8 yard line.
• Quarterback Chase Daniel completed 16-of-20 passes for 117 yards with one touchdown.
• Running back Darrin Reaves racked up double digit yards in both rushing and receiving. Reaves registered 40 yards rushing, 42 yards receiving and a receiving touchdown, which was reminiscent of the blunder that was the Dwayne Bowe fumble, Travis Kelce touchdown from last season against San Diego during Week 17.
Notebook: Chiefs TE Demetrius Harris ready to contribute from Chiefs Digest
A big test arrived Thursday night in the preseason finale against the St. Louis Rams, and he couldn't be more relieved to finally see action.
"It felt good just to be back on the field," Harris said. "But it's a little wrinkle, just a little sluggish, I mean, the little things I got to pick back up in real live contact. That was the first time in 10 months, so that was a little different."
Chiefs sign QB Tyler Bray to a two-year extension from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs signed Bray to a two-year, $1.925 million contract extension, a source familiar with the transaction confirmed Thursday with ChiefsDigest.com. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Chiefs haven't announced the deal.
The 23-year-old Bray could earn up to $4.935 million in incentives and the deal, which runs through 2017, includes the $510,000 he is scheduled to make in 2015, according to the source.
Chiefs keep investing in backup QBs, extend Tyler Bray from ProFootballTalk
Kansas City isn't shy about spending money on backup quarterbacks. No. 2 quarterback Chase Daniel costs $4.8 million this year, making him the second-most expensive backup quarterback in the NFL, second only to Washington's Robert Griffin III. The Chiefs are also slated to pay Aaron Murray $563,000 this year, in addition to the $15.6 million Smith will count against their cap.
Although he hasn't gotten on the field in the NFL yet, Bray is a talented quarterback who showed off a good arm in his college career at Tennessee. Right now he's buried on the depth chart, but if he eventually becomes the starter in Kansas City, this will look like a great deal for the team.
Chiefs Perfection More Than an Asterisk? from Warpaint Illustrated
The last time the Kansas City Chiefs put a bow on its preseason package with an unbeaten record — 6-0 in the summer of '69, just like Bryan Adams called it — a few months later, they wound up winning the Super Bowl.
So there ya go. Conclusions, jump away.
But keep this in mind, too: It's a different game (ish). Certainly a different time. A different tempo. As Jordan Raanan over at NJ.com pointed out at this time a year ago, from 2009-2013, of the 10 NFL teams to run the table through their exhibition slates, seven missed the postseason entirely. And only one — the 2013 Seahawks — actually went on to win their division when it counted.
So preseason "perfection" is, more often than not, complete bunk.
Of course, that Seattle bunch two years ago eventually won the whole shebang, too.
Newton grad spends five weeks with Kansas City Chiefs from The Kansan
Stahly, currently a student at Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, put down his ball glove and picked up his athletic tape for an internship with the National Football League franchise.
Stahly is studying to become an athletic therapist. During the NFL preseason he was able to get a first hand look at the job while working with athletes among the best in the world at their sport.
"It was quite an experience. Everything was bigger than I was used to. They seem to put everything on an elevated scale. The bigger, the better as far as that league is concerned," Stahly said. " ... Everything is bigger. Money is not an object. Players want for nothing. That is more work on our end. Each player has their own individual treatments that they like, and you have to keep that stuff in mind. You have to remember those things, if you forget that, it ruins the system you have."
Texans tackle Duane Brown says he's a lock for opener despite thumb injury from The Houston Chronicle
Texans Pro Bowl left offensive tackle Duane Brown says he's a lock to play in the season-opener Sept. 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs despite a thumb injury.
Brown didn't require surgery for the injury, but is in a cast to aid the healing process.
Clark Hunt expects Chiefs to build on and "hopefully better" last two seasons from ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs still have question marks on the offensive line and Alex Smith is far from everyone's cup of tea at quarterback, but there's enough talent on the roster to make Hunt's expectation of growth from the last two seasons both reasonable and realistic. A quick start to the season would make them more attainable, although the Chiefs may have to pull it off without injured nose tackle Dontari Poe in addition to the suspended cornerback Sean Smith.
4) AFC West
This could be the most competitive division in football, due to its intriguing quarterback battles. Philip Rivers vs. Peyton Manning will command most of the attention, but the upgraded offenses of the Raiders and Chiefs make Derek Carr and Alex Smith viable contenders in the race for divisional supremacy. The Chiefs, in particular, house an electric set of triplets, with Jeremy Maclin joining Jamaal Charles and Smith. If coach Andy Reid can find the right run-pass ratio, Kansas City's offense will create problems for opponents on the perimeter. In Oakland, the connection between Carr and rookie receiver Amari Cooper -- a natural WR1 -- could become the foundation of an improved offensive attack. If the line can create enough push to give Latavius Murray a little running room, the balance of the Raiders' offense could create problems for opponents.
Chiefs president opens up about why team is changing touchdown celebration song from KC Star via The San Luis Obispo Tribune
"It took a lot of discussion - it is a tradition ... we talk so much about the Arrowhead experience, and that song is a part of that," Donovan said. "But the more we talked about it, the more we felt like we shouldn't make the decision about what the song should be ... (but) we should be stewards of this brand and we should make the hard decision that we should change it.
"At that point, we wanted to put it back on our Chiefs Kingdom and let them decide. They have decided."
Voting for the new song opened at noon on Aug. 21 and continued until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 31, but Donovan did not reveal the winner.