With just two games left in what has been a very long season, the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams will both be on the road tomorrow afternoon. The Chiefs will be in Ohio to take on the Bengals, while the Rams will be out west to take on the Cardinals.It will be an especially emotional game for the Cincinnati Bengals who will be taking the field for the first time after attending the funeral of their fallen teammate, Chris Henry. Henry was killed on December 17th as the result of a domestic dispute with his fiancee. With a win, the Bengals would clinch the AFC North title.
Emotions are also expected to be running high for the Chiefs as they will be facing their old team mate Larry Johnson for the first time. Johnson was let go from the team earlier this season for disciplinary reasons. The Bengals said earlier this week that Johnson is not expected to play that much tomorrow, as starter Cedric Benson should get most of the carries.
Kansas City will be relying on running back Jamaal Charles to continue his strong play. In the last six games, he has rushed for more than six hundred yards. Last Sunday against the Browns, Charles has 154 yards. But, Charles will be facing a very stingy Bengals run defense that is allowing about 85 yards of rushing per game.
It will be a bit of deja vu for the St. Louis Rams as they will play the team that used to reside in the Gateway City, the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals already have the NFC West title wrapped up while the Rams are in line to get the number one draft pick next spring.
The Cardinals have some extra incentive to beat the Rams as they are still in the hunt for a first round bye in the playoffs. It could be an up hill fight as they trail Minnesota by two games and is one game back of Philadelphia. But, a win by Arizona would give them their first 10 win season since 1976, when they were in St. Louis.
The Rams are expected to once again see Keith Null as their starting quarterback. Backup quarterback Kyle Boller came back this week to practice after being out with what were called flu like symptoms. Starter Marc Bulger has not played since their last meeting with Arizona at the Dome.
Null had a rough first game as a starter as he threw five interceptions, but he did look a bit better last week against Houston. He would throw only one pick, while throwing for 173 yards with one touchdown pass.
The Chiefs and Bengals will kick off at noon tomorrow while the Rams and Cardinals will play at 3:15.