Whew! If you’re a Chiefs fan you let out a big sigh of relief…they finally found the endzone with some regularity. Kolby Smith had two touchdown runs and Bobby Sippio caught another, as the Chiefs put up 21 points in the first half and held on for a 21-17 win.
The game was delayed about 90 minutes due to three thunder showers that passed over Arrowhead right around the 6pm kickoff time and the Rams didn’t have working radios. At halftime, Linehan said, “Its awful, none of us have radios, I don’t have one. We are running plays like they do in high school.”
Trent Green led the Rams for just the first three plays which resulted in a 35 yard field goal after Dantrell Savage fumbled the opening kickoff for the Chiefs. Down 3-0, the Chiefs moved down the field in seven plays to score on a 14 yard touchdown run by Kolby Smith. The offensive line opened up good holes for Smith who looked on the night. Smith would follow on the Chiefs next possession scoring on a four yard touchdown run. Brodie Croyle was at QB for the first two touchdown drives and finished his night 3 of 4 for 42 yards.
Equally as impressive as Smith was rookie running back Jamaal Charles who had six carries for 43 yards in his first action coming back from an injury. Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said, “The man can run, no doubt about it. He’s probably one of the fastest football players I’ve ever been around.” Edwards isn’t lying either, there were two runs where he was able to turn the corner and outrun the Ram defenders. Edwards also added that Charles was picking up blitzes and was running good screens, adding he will definitely help this team.
After the Rams fumbled, it set up the Chiefs with a short field to work with again in the second quarter and Damon Huard hit Sippio for an 11 yard touchdown.
Brock Berlin did not look too sharp early in the first half, but came back well to lead the Rams on a 66 yard, 11 play two minute drive to cut the lead to 21-10, capped by a 16 yard touchdown pass from Berlin to Looker. Berlin was 13 of 21 for 107 yards. Brad Gradkowski who was brought in the second half as he is battling Berlin for the third QB spot. He had to fight through a rain shower on the Rams opening drive of the second half and led the team into a 40 yard field goal attempt that was missed by Josh Brown. Gradkowski led the Rams into the endzone in the 3 rd quarter. Gradkowski finished 11 of 18 for 105 yards and an interception
Other notes: Larry Johnson did not play as was reported earlier in the week. He was pulled off the field right at the start of the game and Kolby Smith said he knew he was starting literally right before the first play. Rams rookie wide receiver Donnie Avery suffered a right knee sprain. Linehan didn’t speculate on whether or not he’ll be ready to go against Philadelphia