St. Louis Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Two teams who came out of seeming nowhere last season to being part of the at least the playoff mix meet in a week three preseason game as the Kansas City Chiefs host the St. Louis Rams. The Chiefs are -1 point favorites over the Rams with an over/under point total set at 35.
It was a big year last season for the Kansas City Chiefs as Todd Haley’s team paid little attention to the preseason odds and won the AFC West; this season they would like to take it at least another step further and go to the Super Bowl. Like most teams we’ll see a lot more of the starters this week and in the Chiefs’ case that means QB Matt Cassel who when he stays injury free is more than capable of getting the job done but of course for the K.C. offense this season that means without Charlie Weis who left the team to become the Offensive Coordinator at the University of Florida. Jamaal Charles gets help in the backfield this year, not just from Thomas Jones who will once again see plenty of action, but from fullback Le’Ron McClain who comes over from Baltimore. Wide receiver has been an issue for the Chiefs for years but this may be one of the best units they have had led by Dwayne Bowe who finally reached his potential last season, newly acquired Steve Breaton, and Jerheme Urban with Dexter McCluster working more as a slot guy and first round pick Jonathan Baldwin likely a contributor down the road but out for this one. Kansas City made a nice move when they signed Tamba Hali to an extension to keep him around for at least a while and that gives them stability of defense as the Chiefs also have an abundance of defensive linemen including Tyson Jackson, Glenn Dorsey, Wallace Gilberry, and rookie Allen Bailey who may have been one of the biggest steals in the NFL draft. The Chiefs’ secondary is strong and led by Eric Berry who is a Pro Bowler and mans the middle at safety and is one of the best safeties in pass coverage there is.
The St. Louis Rams just missed the post season last year as they lost their final game and then lost a tiebreaker but this year Steve Spagnuolo’s team looks to get over the hump. Sam Bradford should eb another year better at QB and if the first few weeks of preseason are any indication look for Bradford to really come into his own and emerge as one of the better QB’s in football. Steven Jackson has carried the load for the Rams for a while now but this year he gets more help than he ever has with Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood in the fold. Brandon Gibson and Donnie Avery look to be a decent tandem of receivers but look for them to be pushed by Mike Sims-Walker, Greg Salas, and Austin Pettis. The Rams went defensive end in the draft this season taking Robert Quinn who has all of the makings of a star while James Laurinaitis mans the MLB spot and Quinten Mikell, the former Philadelphia Eagle, is now in the St. Louis secondary. We should see plenty of the starters here as while this is a team on the rise, they are very much still a work in progress.
While I like what the Rams are doing, I see the Chiefs as being ahead of them at this point and with the game being a pick, it makes the Chiefs the logical pick.
Kansas City Chiefs -1 St. Louis Rams