Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 - 7 p.m. CT Edward Jones Dome
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THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP
After a convincing 27-17 victory over Arizona on Friday evening, Kansas City heads to St. Louis for Week 2 of the preseason with a 7 p.m. kickoff on Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome for the Governor’s Cup matchup. The Chiefs are looking to regain the trophy after the Rams claimed victory in last season’s contest. The Chiefs took a 17-0 first half lead in the preseason opener and never looked back. QB
Gray finished with 65 yards rushing on 15 attempts (4.3 avg.), which leads all AFC rushers in the preseason, while Hillis gained 41 yards on four carries (10.3 avg.), including a 28-yard gain in the fi rst quarter. TE
Defensively, the Chiefs recorded 7.0 sacks (-43.0 yards) by seven different players. Five different players tied for the team-lead with three tackles. S
For the Chiefs, it was the fi rst victory in a preseason opener since 2008, when the club opened up with a 24-20 win at Chicago. Kansas City will also be looking to claim a second preseason victory for the first time since 2008, when the team fi nished 2-2.
St. Louis was defeated 38-3 in Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium. Rookie K Greg Zuerlein accounted for the Rams only points of the afternoon with a 37-yard fi eld goal with 7:18 remaining in the first half.
QB Sam Bradford went 7-for-9 passing for 57 yards for a 93.1 rating. RB Isaiah Pead posted game-highs of 10 rushes for 33 yards and tied for the team-lead with three receptions for nine yards. WR Austin Pettis also caught three passes for a team-high 25 yards. Pro Bowl RB Steven Jackson carried four times for 17 yards (4.3 avg.) and caught one pass for six yards in limited action.
CB Jerome Murphy paced the defense with six tackles (fi ve solo). Three other defenders posted four tackles while DT Jermelle Cudjo recorded the lone sack (-9.0) for the Rams defense.
CHIEFS-RAMS PRESEASON SERIES HISTORY
Saturday’s contest between the Chiefs and Rams marks the 22nd time that the franchises have faced off in the preseason. The Rams hold a 13-8 advantage and are 8-5 since moving to St. Louis. The Chiefs are 1-5 in preseason action inside the Edward Jones Dome, with the lone victory coming in 2003 when Kansas City prevailed 22-6 behind TD passes from QBs Trent Green and Jonathan Quinn to FB Omar Easy and WR Marvin “Snoop” Minnis.
Last season, the Rams defeated the Chiefs 14-10 as QB Sam Bradford threw two first-quarter TD passes to WR Mike Sims-Walker and TE Lance Kendricks. Chiefs QB
CHIEFS-RAMS REGULAR SEASON SERIES HISTORY
The Chiefs are 6-4 against the Rams in regular season action and have won fi ve consecutive games dating back 1997. Most recently, Kansas City defeated St. Louis 27-13 on Dec. 19, 2010 when Chiefs QB Matt Cassel returned to action one week after having an appendectomy to throw for 184 yards and a TD. RB
On Oct. 22, 2000, the Chiefs defeated the 6-0 Rams, 54-34, as the club set a then-franchise scoring record for a home contest. Two seasons later on Dec. 8, 2002, Kansas City beat St. Louis 49-10 at Arrowhead Stadium when WR Dante Hall established a franchise-fi rst with a kick return and punt return for a TD, with both returns coming in the fi rst half. It also marked three return TDs in a two-week span for Hall, which also stands as a franchise-best.
The last time St. Louis claimed a regular season victory over the Chiefs was on Oct. 26, 1997, when QB Tony Banks passed for 268 yards and a TD to WR Isaac Bruce, who finished the afternoon with fi ve receptions for 94 yards.