It’s the annual Show Me State showdown in Missouri, and this year, there are definitely high hopes for both the St. Louis Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs as they faceoff at Arrowhead Stadium.
The preseason usually doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot, but it became clear last year in the third week of exhibitions that the Rams had themselves a star in the making in QB Sam Bradford. Bradford did everything that he could to lead the way for St. Louis in an upset victory as big dogs against the New England Patriots in Foxboro. And, true to the form that they showed in the preseason, the Rams nearly won the NFC West a season ago, even though the division was as bad as any foursome that we’ve seen since the most recent division alignment. Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo and company once again look good in the preseason this year, scoring wins over both the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts in the first two weeks of the year. Bradford has led the team on TD drives to start the game in both of the duels, something that no one else in the league can say through two weeks, and the hope is definitely there for that to continue now that the Rams have to leave the Edwards Jones Dome for the first time on the year.
And then there are the Chiefs, who did excel a season ago under Head Coach Todd Haley to make it to the playoffs as the AFC West champs. However, so far this season, this looks like a team that isn’t very deep and isn’t very talented on either side of the ball. The defense has had plenty of opportunities to show off, but the problem is that the unit can’t get off of the field. Both the Baltimore Ravens and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers literally ran the ball right down the throats of the Chiefs in their first two exhibitions, which really is a bad sign for Romeo Crennel’s defense. The biggest question in KC though, is whether or not this offense is going to be able to shine without Charlie Weis calling the shots. Right now, we’d have to say that the answer is “No.” Even though QB Matt Cassel wasn’t fantastic last year, Weis made the most out him and kept control of the pigskin well. However, this season, there definitely seems to be a void about controlling the ball, knowing that the team only has 13 points to show for its first two games of the year.
St. Louis Rams @ Kansas City Chiefs Pick: Things have to get better with the first team offense for the Chiefs at some point during the preseason, and this seems like a good candidate to change all of that. We aren’t a fan of high scoring games in the preseason, but this feels like it’s the right spot to take a chance, knowing how well the St. Louis offense has played in both of its first two games.
NFL Pick: Over 35 at Bookmaker Sportsbook.
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