Chiefs Chop Rams In St. Louis, 27-13

The Chiefs started slow in St. Louis but took down the Rams, 27-13.

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Chiefs Beat Rams Behind Jamaal Charles 126-Yard Day

The Kansas City Chiefs were sluggish in the first quarter against the St. Louis Rams but came through thanks in part to an 80-yard fourth quarter run from Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs topped the Rams, 27-13 and kept their playoff hopes alive. The Chiefs continue to lead the AFC West by one game with two more to play.

The Rams scored two field goals to start the game and the Chiefs defense clearly wasn't at the top of their game. In the second quarter and beyond, the defense turned it on with two Kendrick Lewis interceptions along the way. Sam Bradford ended the game completing 21-43 passes for 181 yards and two interceptions.

Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said the No. 1 priority was to stop Steven Jackson and he was largely a non-factor with 19 carries for 67 yards. He was effective early, and scored a fourth quarter touchdown, but the Chiefs kept him in check once the Rams were forced to pass to catch up. His longest run of the day was eight yards.

Matt Cassel completed 15-of-29 passes for 184 yards, one touchdown pass to Leonard Pope and one interception. Cassel was also the leading rusher at the half with 17 yards.

Jamaal Charles was really the star of the day as he rushed for 126 yards on just 11 carries including an 80-yard burst i the fourth quarter that sealed the game for the Chiefs. Charles was cramping up throughout the game but turned in a solid day.

This was a solid win for the Chiefs on the road -- just their third of the season.


Jamaal Charles Breaks Off 80-Yard Run; Chiefs Lead Rams Late

The Kansas City Chiefs are leading the St. Louis Rams near the end of the fourth quarter, 27-13. It's been the Chiefs defense that's been stepping up this game but late in the fourth quarter Jamaal Charles showed why he is Jamaal Charles.

Charles took a handoff and ran up the gut before making one cut and -- boom -- he was off to the races. Charles was brought down on the two yard line and the Chiefs got the touchdown to push their lead to 27-13.

Charles now has 126 yards on 11 carries in the game. He's gone down a couple of times in the game, including after the 80-yard run, with what looks to be like cramps.

Sam Bradford let the Rams on a fourth quarter touchdown drive to bring them to within seven but Charles' run essentially sealed the game.

On the Rams next possession, Kendrick Lewis intercepted Bradford and gave the ball back to the Chiefs.


Chiefs Vs. Rams: Sam Bradford, Steven Jackson, Josh Brown Give Rams 6-0 Lead

The Kansas City Chiefs meet the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome and it is indeed Matt Cassel starting at quarterback for the Chiefs. The Chiefs deferred after winning the coin toss at which points the Rams went on an efficient 14 play, 53-yard drive that netted them a field goal.

The Chiefs got the ball back and quickly gave it back after three straight passes, which was a surprising series of calls considering Cassel's status. The Rams got the ball back once again and turned it into another three points on the foot of kicker Josh Brown's 52 yard field goal.

it's still early but the Rams offense looks solid against the Chiefs defense. Sam Bradford has completed 7-of-9 passes for 42 yards while Steven Jackson has seven carries for 23 yards.

It's been all Rams early on but they've yet to punch it in for a score.


Matt Cassel Injury Update: No Decision Yet On Whether Chiefs QB Starts

Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was listed as questionable heading into Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams after an appendectomy caused him to miss last week's loss to the San Diego Chargers. The Chiefs have declared Cassel active for today but there's still no definitive word on whether Cassel will start. Just because he's active, doesn't necessarily mean he'll start.

Folks at the Edward Jones Dome report that the "warmups weren't pretty" meaning there's a chance he's simply active -- but as a backup.

If the Chiefs have to go with Brodie Croyle, it will be somewhat of a blow. Croyle didn't look very good last week as he completed just 7-of-17 passes for 40 yards. You would think he'd put up better numbers than that against the Rams but either way it's not encouraging news if Cassel can't go.

It looks like the decision on Cassel -- whether he'll start or not -- will truly be game time. The game kicks off at noon at which point we'll find out for sure whether Cassel is starting or not.


Matt Cassel Active For Chiefs Vs. Rams; Will He Start?

Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel is active today for the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Cassel's status has been in question since undergoing an appendectomy which caused him to miss last week's blowout loss to the San Diego Chargers.

The Chiefs have not yet said whether Cassel will start, though. It's possible he's active but just as a backup quarterback in case something happens to Brodie Croyle. We'll have that question answered in a little over an hour when the game starts but, logically speaking, that doesn't make a ton of sense to me.

If Cassel is healthy enough to be a backup, then he's healthy enough to start, right?

Whether Cassel plays or not, we expect the Chiefs to once again be run-heavy. That's what they do best and Cassel's questionable status may make that even more of an emphasis.

At this point, no one seems to know if Cassel will be starting or not.


Will Matt Cassel Play Against St. Louis Rams?

The Kansas City Chiefs will determine in the next few hours if QB Matt Cassel will be available to play against the St. Louis Rams. The Chiefs have Cassel listed as questionable after undergoing an appendectomy last week. He didn't play last weekend and has been a limited participant in practice everyday this week.

Chiefs head coach Todd Haley has said that he is "truly" day-to-day and Cassel himself has said he wants to play but part of this is a medical and coaching staff decision.

So will he play?

You can be fairly certain he will. While the Chiefs have been saying he's questionable, the only that really matters is reps. While most with the Chiefs are mum on who exactly is getting the most reps, the indications are is that Cassel's getting the majority of first team reps.

Last week Cassel hinted that he wanted to play but it was a coaching/medical staff decision. With another week to recover. I imagine he'll be ready for this game. For you fantasy footballers, prepare as if he'll play.


Matt Cassel Injury Update: Chiefs List QB As Questionable For Rams Game

The Kansas City Chiefs have officially listed Matt Cassel as questionable for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams. This is about what we expected the entire week. Listing him as questionable gives the Chiefs a couple more days to A.) confirm he'll be medically OK to play and B.) make the Rams prepare for two quarterbacks.

Cassel was limited all week during practice after undergoing an appendectomy last week. He hasn't taken part in all the stretches because of soreness but it appears he is indeed taking first team reps so we imagine he'll be playing.

Whether Cassel plays or not the Chiefs game plan likely doesn't change much. We expect a heavy dose of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones either way.

With the San Diego Chargers victory against the San Francisco 49ers, the Chiefs are now entering must-win territory. A loss would tie them up with the Chargers, who hold tiebreaker advantages right now.


Matt Cassel Injury Update: Status Still Uncertain For Rams Game

The Kansas City Chiefs will let us know this afternoon what Matt Cassel's status is for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams but we're expecting it to be questionable. Cassel was limited during practice on Wednesday and Thursday and it sounds like he was limited once again on Friday.

The Chiefs will issue their final injury report of the week on Friday afternoon which will let us know if Cassel has a chance to play.

Cassel's been practicing all week so we're expecting the Chiefs to list him as questionable giving him a shot to play this weekend. They have no reason to update his status beyond that so they can make the Rams prepare for Cassel and Brodie Croyle.

That he's practiced all week is a good sign for him playing. Cassel indicated it was a medical decision to leave him out last week and, now that he's had a week and a half to recover, I suspect he would be playing if it were up to him.

We shall find out in a few hours.


Matt Cassel Limited At Chiefs Practice For Second Day In A Row

The Kansas City Chiefs practiced on Thursday and got a "limited" effort out of Matt Cassel. The Chiefs QB is still being listed as limited on the injury report after undergoing an appendectomy last week that caused him to miss last Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers.

This is the second day in a row Cassel has been listed as limited and we're still not exactly sure what his status will be on Sunday. Early signs are that he's getting a lot of reps which would indicate he's likely to be the starter but we've learned over the past year that guessing on the injuries with Chiefs players usually doesn't mean much (we're usually wrong).

The next key day for Cassel is Friday when the Chiefs will declare his status as out, doubtful, questionable or probable. Last week, Cassel was listed as doubtful before being downgraded to out and not traveling with the team.

So coming up next will be figuring out what his status is on Friday afternoon, and then figuring out if he travels with the Chiefs to St. Louis.

With each day it's looking like Cassel will play but, for competitive reasons, there's no reason for the Chiefs to come out and announce that.


Matt Cassel Injury Has Him Limited In Chiefs Practice

The Kansas City Chiefs (predictably) were coy about Matt Cassel's status for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams but head coach Todd Haley said it's a day-to-day situation at this point. Cassel was at practice and did participate but he was listed as limited.

I'd say it's a good sign that Cassel was out there at all. That likely means that the Chiefs are preparing for the possibility that he'll play this weekend.

Cassel said he would like to play this weekend, assuming he can do everything he needs to physically, and early indications are that he may just get that chance.

There's still a lot of practice left in the week so there's still a ways to go but it's a good (early) sign that Cassel was on the field. The Chiefs will announce whether he's out, doubtful, questionable or probable on Friday. That's the next key day in determining his status.


Matt Cassel Attends Chiefs Practice; Status For Rams Game Unknown

The Kansas City Chiefs got some good news when Matt Cassel attended practice on Wednesday as the team prepares for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams. The KC Star has a good run down of what Cassel did at practice but it appears the Chiefs feel as if Cassel has at least a shot to play (or else he wouldn't be practicing).

The Chiefs will declare this afternoon whether Cassel practiced, was limited in practice or was a full participant in practice.Then the Chiefs will declare on Friday whether Cassel is out, doubtful, questionable or probable for Sunday's game.

The presence of Cassel obviously means quite a bit. The Chiefs offense was miserable last week in his absence -- though to be fair that can't be blamed just on Cassel being gone -- so having Cassel back would be very nice for this team.

With or without Cassel, the Chiefs game plan this Sunday against the Rams will be run-heavy, as it always is. So if the Chiefs running game can be effective, the Cassel questions don't become as important.

it's practice No. 1 but it's good news that Cassel is out there. We'll find out how the rest of his week goes.


Kansas City Chiefs Vs. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford Ready; Is Matt Cassel?

Every year the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams play yet it only means something every four years. Usually we see these two teams meeting in the preseason keeping up the Governor's Cup but this year the Chiefs and Rams will meet in the regular season at the Edward Jones Dome.

The past three years would suggest this December game would still be meaningless because both teams have been so miserable. The Chiefs have 10 wins in the three years prior to this while the Rams have just six -- going from three, two and culminating in one last year, which game them the top pick in the 2010 NFL draft and allowed them to select rookie QB Sam Bradford.

Here's a look at how the two teams matchup keeping in mind we're unsure of QB Matt Cassel's status.

Rams offense vs. Chiefs defense

Bradford's arrival is what has made this team go from laughingstock to potential division winner. I like the Chiefs in this game because I like the matchup of the Chiefs coaching staff against Bradford but this is not the walk-over some of us figured it would be at one point. The Rams are 6-7 and they can't be taken lightly.

The Rams are the 25th ranked scoring offense including 20th passing the ball and 19th rushing the ball. Their offense is very...average. Their receivers are non-existent outside of Danny Amendola which makes Bradford's rise all the more impressive.

There's no doubt where the Rams offense still comes from -- RB Steven Jackson. He moves this thing and if you want to stop the Rams then you stop Steven Jackson. This year he has 276 carries for 1,081 yards and four touchdowns. He can go off if you don't prepare for him and I can assure you the Chiefs are preparing for him.

I like the Chiefs defense matching up against the Rams because I think they can make them one-dimensional taking away either Bradford and the passing game or Steven Jackson.

Chiefs offense vs. Rams defense

The Chiefs game plan heading into this thing is no secret -- run the ball. Kansas City can expect to see a heavy dose of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones. Unlike last week against the Chargers' fifth ranked run defense, I suspect Kansas City will be able to move it a little better.

The Rams defense is ranked 14th in the NFL in scoring while they are 21st against the pass and 12th against the run.

The Chiefs offense really can't be analyzed until we know Matt Cassel's status. If he plays, and he's effective, then the Chiefs offense should be successful against the Rams defense. If he doesn't play, then the Chiefs may be in trouble. I like the Chiefs offense against the Rams defense but, with the Cassel situation, this area is more of an unknown.

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