For the third year in a row, the Chiefs will hold on to the Governor’s Cup. Kansas City roared to a 24-0 halftime lead and went on to beat St. Louis 24-7 at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs offense opened up with a 76-yard drive that resulted in a two-yard touchdown run from Priest Holmes. On their third possession, Derrick Blaylock’s one-yard run into the end zone capped a 55-yard scoring drive. The Chiefs’ third and final touchdown came 45-seconds later, when Shawn Barber picked off Marc Bulger and raced 60-yards to score. The Rams only touchdown came in the third quarter, with Chris Chandler under center. Rookie Steven Jackson scored from six yards out. Rams head coach Mike Martz blamed himself for the loss, “I own this one. This is my fault as a head coach. We came out here and flopped around and acted like we didn’t know where we were. And that’s a coaching issue—always was, always will be.” Quarterback Marc Bulger was 8-15 for 67 yards and an interception and running back Marshall Faulk had 16 yards rushing on 6 carries. It was Faulk’s first game since off-season knee surgery. Faulk’s main concern isn’t his knee, but his conditioning, “You never know in this offense until your number’s called five, six, seven times in a row if you are in the condition you want to be. But that’s something that’s going to come as I get my carries throughout the pre-season and throughout the year.” One problem the Rams dealt with was a patch-work offensive line that’s missing starting tackles Kyle Turley (back injury) and Orlando Pace (contract holdout). While the Chiefs defense held the Ram to just 68 first-half yards, Dick Vermeil was thoroughly pleased with his defense, but admitted that some of that was due to Turley and Pace’s absence, “They are not at full strength without those two tackles. They just aren’t. But I felt that our defense was dominating.” Trent Green had a great day for the Chiefs going 10-12 with 94 yards passing. Priest Holmes had 31 yards off six carries and Rams rookie Steven Jackson carried the ball 14 times for 53 yards. To add insult to injury—or injury to injury—starting cornerback Travis Fisher broke his right arm in the game and may be gone for the season. The Chiefs are 1-1 in the pre-season and the Rams are 0-2.