The Kansas City Chiefs won’t be bringing the Governor’s Cup back to Arrowhead Stadium after falling to the St. Louis Rams, 31-17, on Friday night at the Edward Jones Dome.
As good as Romeo Crennel’s squad was last week in win over the Arizona Cardinals is how bad they were in falling to the Rams. After falling down 7-0 on the Rams first possession, the Chiefs immediately turned the ball over thanks to a Jon Baldwin fumble that lead to another St. Louis touchdown.
The Chiefs offense did bounce back with two nice drives in the second quarter that produced 10 of their 17 points. But the Rams owned most of the second half, while the Kansas City offense was unable to score again until the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
In the end, the Chiefs were undone by losing the turnover battle 4-0.
After an impressive preseason debut, Kansas City found they have a lot of holes to fix leading into the always-important third game.
Before the focus turns to Friday’s matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, here’s a look at the best players for the Chiefs on offense, defense and special teams.
Offense: Matt Cassel
For the second straight week, the Chiefs quarterback showed good poise in the pocket under pressure and this performance may have been more impressive considering he needed to bounce back from a slow start out of the gate.
Cassel completed 13 of 18 points for 142 yards and even though he didn’t find the end zone in the air, he also didn’t turn the ball over. Through two games, that’s the one thing the signal caller has yet to do.
The one thing Cassel isn’t going to be able to do during the season, even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, is throw to the other team.
Defense: Abram Elam
When the Chiefs signed Elam it was to avoid being forced into putting the likes of Jon McGraw and Sabby Piscitelli on the field in case of an injury. Well, in the second game of the preseason Kendrick Lewis hurt his shoulder again, making the addition of Elam look that much bigger.
Against the Rams, the veteran safety was second on the team with four tackles and showed again he is more than capable of holding things down if Lewis is forced to miss time.
Special Teams: Ryan Succop
After only being asked to kick a 22-yarder last week, Succop got to line up a 44-yarder Saturday night against St. Louis. Not only did he knock it home, but it was as close to a pressure kick as you’ll find in the preseason capping off a drive in the final seconds of the first half.