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Chiefs vs. Rams: 10 Observations

Here are 10 things that stood out about the Chiefs 24-17 win on Thursday Night

Chiefs finish the preseason perfect

For the first time since 1969, the Kansas City Chiefs finished the preseason with an undefeated record after their 24-17 win on Thursday night over the St. Louis Rams.

If memory serves correctly, that season turned out pretty well for the Chiefs, ending with a Super Bowl IV championship.

Here's to hoping that's a trend that continues.

Roster decisions won't be easy


During the broadcast, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said there were four to five positions that were up for grabs heading into the final preseason game.

With the kind of depth and talent that allowed the Chiefs to finish with a perfect preseason record, the decisions won't be easy for Dorsey and his crew.

Coach Andy Reid said after the game that his coaching staff would get together on Friday to meet about the roster, while Dorsey and his crew will do the same.

The Chiefs are currently at 75 players on their roster and must be down to 53 by Saturday at 3:00 p.m. CT.

Offense stays hot

Coming into the game, the Chiefs offense had scored 82 points in their first three preseason games, which is 27 more than second-place Denver Broncos, who had 55 through their first three games.

After putting together another solid performance from Chase Daniel, Aaron Murray and company, the Chiefs will look to continue this offensive momentum heading into the first regular season game of the year against the Houston Texans a week from Sunday.

Daniel finishes strong

On the night, Daniel finished 16 of 20 for 117 yards and one touchdown with one interception. He said after the game that his interception was the kind of mistake he shouldn't make, but he was glad he bounced back on the next drive and finished it off with a 15-yard touchdown strike to rookie receiver Chris Conley.

Chris Conley gets into the action

After being one of the more impressive performers throughout OTAs last spring, Conley was able to put some of that playmaking ability on display on Thursday night.

Slowed by a knee injury early in training camp and the preseason, the rookie receiver finished Thursday's game with three receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown.

After the game, Conley walked to the team bus with the ball in hand.

Daniel Sorensen with the timely interception

With the Chiefs second-team defense going up against the St. Louis Rams first-team offense to start the game, safety Daniel Sorensen was in the right place at the right time.

He was able to intercept the deflected pass from Nick Foles and return it deep into Rams territory. It set up the Chiefs first touchdown and gave them the early 7-0 lead.

It was the Chiefs third interception of the preseason.

Zach Fulton gets his feet wet at center

After starting all 16 games at right guard last season, second-year offensive lineman Zach Fulton stepped in at center for the Chiefs to start the game with Daniel at quarterback.

Reid told me at halftime he was encouraged by the way Fulton played at the position, and Daniel told me the same in the locker room after the game.

Running backs find the end zone

Both of the Chiefs running backs who carried the ball on Thursday, Spencer Ware and Darrin Reaves, were able to get into the end zone on Thursday night.

These two combined to lead the Chiefs offense with 39 total touches, 164 yards and two touchdowns.

Photos from the Chiefs fourth preseason game against the St. Louis Rams

Aaron Murray shined again

For the second game in a row, second-year quarterback Aaron Murray played well.

Murray finished the game 11 of 15 for 86 yards and a touchdown.

Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said earlier this week that he wanted to see Murray put together back-to-back games, and that would show him the kind of development he was looking for from the young signal caller.

Murray did that and helped lead the Chiefs to the victory at the same time.

Chiefs win the Governor's Cup!


Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt joked at the kickoff luncheon on Wednesday that it was a "must-win" for the Chiefs on Thursday night, and the team responded with a victory.

For the obvious reason of the last time the Chiefs were undefeated in the preseason, Hunt was hopefully foreshadowing what's in store for the Chiefs this season. With the rumors of relocation for the Rams, albeit not imminent, it was important for the Chiefs to get the win for what could be the last Governor's Cup!

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