St. Louis, Mo. - Before kickoff, Romeo Crennel said he wanted to know how his young team would react under pressure. He found out after five minutes of play on Saturday night.
The Chiefs got off to a slow start from the opening kickoff couldn't recover, losing their second preseason game and the Governor's Cup to the St. Louis Rams, 31-17.
Crennel's team couldn't find the same rhythm that it did against the Arizona Cardinals in their preseason debut. And this time, the Chiefs were on the receiving end of an early two-touchdown deficit.
The game's first play would be a sign of things to come. Rams quarterback Sam Bradford floated a pass down the right sideline to Danny Amendola.
Kansas City was just a step slower than the Rams on Saturday. During that opening drive, St. Louis drove 80 yards and scored in just under two minutes. Their second drive - which started in Chiefs territory after a Jonathan Baldwin fumble - had the same result.
The offense shook its first-quarter jitters and pieced together a scoring drive in the second quarter. Cassel found
Then, Cassel found Boss again for a 20-yard gain in the two minute drill that set up a 44-yard field goal by
Stanzi fumbled at the end of the third quarter that turned into another touchdown drive for St. Louis in the fourth quarter.
Crennel will have new teaching material this week. His team will look to rebound against the Seattle Seahawks, and they'll have plenty to correct from this sloppy, four-turnover performance.