Chiefs stomp the Rams in the battle for Missouri

AP

There’s no doubt about the best football team in the state of Missouri.

The Kansas City Chiefs made it look easy against the St. Louis Rams today, falling behind 7-0 early but rolling for the rest of the game on the way to a 34-7 win.

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles scored two touchdowns and ran for 73 yards on 13 carries while adding another 44 yards receiving. Alex Smith did what the Chiefs asked him to do, passing accurately and avoiding interceptions. Smith completed 24 of 28 passes for 226 yards.

Rams quarterback Austin Davis, the youngster who was pressed into duty and has shown promise at times this season, had his worst game: Davis completed 15 of 25 passes for 160 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and even those numbers are inflated by some late garbage-time yards.

The loss drops the Rams to 2-5. They’re a last-place team going nowhere. But the win improves the Chiefs to 4-3 and puts them very much in the AFC wild card mix. This was the kind of game the Chiefs needed to win, and they won it handily.