Chiefs vs. Rams: 10 Observations

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  1. Big day from safety Ron Parker**

In the Chiefs win over the San Diego Chargers last week, linebacker Josh Mauga really stood out for the defense. This week, safety Ron Parker was that standout defensive player.

The Rams scored on their opening offensive drive, which went 65 yards on just six plays and took just a shade over three minutes.

After a Chiefs punt, the Rams had the ball back with a lead and picked up 14 yards on a second-down run by Tre Mason.

On the very next play, quarterback Austin Davis threw into double coverage deep down the field and Chiefs safety Ron Parker made him pay by intercepting the pass.

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It was the first big momentum swing to come for the Chiefs, who were trailing 7-0 at the time and hadn't yet slowed down the Rams offense.

In the second quarter, Parker also added a huge sack on third-and-6 for a loss of 14 yards, which set up a 38-yard field goal, one that the Rams missed.

Parker finished the day with four tackles, one interception, one sack (-14 yards) and one pass defensed.

2. Rams missed FG after Charles' fumble in red zone

One of the defining sequences in this game was right after a Jamaal Charles fumble deep in Chiefs territory. The Rams took over at the Chiefs 5-yard line, and the Chiefs defense had their backs against the wall.

They responded by stuffing a Tre Mason run for just a 1-yard gain, followed by an Austin Davis scramble for one yard, culminated by a Ron Parker sack of Austin Davis, which netted a loss of 14 yards.

Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein missed the ensuing 38-yard attempt, and the fumble inside the 10-yard line resulted in zero points for the Rams.

3. Kicker Cairo Santos stays hot

Santos has hit eight consecutive field goals and drilled a 53-yarder at the end of the first half that gave the Chiefs a 10-7 lead.

Simply put, Santos is on fire.

4. Alex Smith efficient, again

Smith completed 24 of 28 for 226 yards on the day and had five different receivers catch at least three passes.

Dwayne Bowe was the team's leading receiver with six catches for 64 yards.

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Early in the game, before the Chiefs took control with their rushing attack, Smith carried the offense by spreading the ball around to several different players in the passing game.

Smith was 14 of 15 for 111 yards as the Chiefs took a 10-7 lead into halftime.  

5. Chiefs tight ends get YAC in different ways

Tight end Travis Kelce continued to show why he's such a dangerous weapon with the ball in his hands. His open-field move on Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines will be used on his highlight reel, which is getting longer and longer with every opportunity.

Kelce finished the game with four catches for 45 yards.

Anthony Fasano might not have the same juking ability as Kelce, but his ability to pick up yards after the catch was just as crucial in this game. He's more of the "run right over you" guy with the ball in his hands, and he picked up a couple of first downs displaying that against the Rams.

Photos from the Chiefs week eight win against the St Louis Rams

6. Penalty helps Chiefs first touchdown drive

The Chiefs first touchdown drive was helped by an illegal contact penalty on Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines on third-and-7 from midfield.

The NFL has made a point to crack down on the defensive backs having their hands on receivers this season, which has gone against the Chiefs several times, but it helped on Sunday.

It was eight plays later that Jamaal Charles ran it in from one yard that tied the game at 7-7 early in the second quarter.

7. Special teams makes impact in big way

The Chiefs started the second half in a big way when Knile Davis took the kickoff 99 yards for the touchdown. It was the second kick return touchdown in Davis' career, and gave the Chiefs a 17-7 lead early in the second half.

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8. Alex Smith's scramble sets up field goal

On third-and-13 early in the third quarter, Smith scrambled for 15 yards for the first down, but it was the personal foul call on the Rams for "spearing" Smith at the end of the play that really made the difference.

It was a 30-yard swing on the play and setup Cairo Santos' 28-yard field goal and gave the Chiefs a 20-7 lead midway through the third quarter.

9. Trench battle won by Chiefs in second half

In the first half, the Chiefs ran the ball 12 times for just 14 yards.

But in the second half, the Chiefs offensive line took control of the line of the trenches, running the ball 22 times for 129 yards.

10. Rams QB Austin Davis was harassed all game long

The Rams had just 200 yards of total offense on the day, and led by Justin Houston, the Chiefs defense came away with seven sacks.

Houston, whose three sacks on Sunday makes him the current NFL leader in that category with 10, helped put pressure on Davis all day long.

Davis, who was making just his seventh career start, finished the day 15 of 25 for 160 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

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