5 Keys To Victory: St. Louis Rams At Kansas City Chiefs


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After a shocking 28-26 win over the defending champion Seattle Seahawks, the St. Louis Rams are the talk of the town. In order to keep their positive momentum they will need to play strong against a Kansas City team that beat QB Phillip Rivers and the Chargers last week. Here are Ramblin’ Fan’s 5 Keys to Victory for when the Rams take on the Chiefs:

1.) Get the balance right in the backfield

Now that RB Tre Mason has established himself in the backfield, it will be imperative for Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to use his diverse stable of running backs effectively. RB Benny Cunningham has shown the most potential as a pass catcher while RB Zac Stacy and Mason are looking to be a solid 1-2 punch in the run game. If the Rams can play to each of their strengths, it will keep the Chiefs defense off balance. Don’t forget about WR Tavon Austin as well. Kansas City is ranked 18th in the league defending the run.

2.) Contain RB Jamal Charles

Boasting the third best rushing attack in the National Football league, the Chiefs will look to give Charles touches on the ground and through the air. Backup RB Knile Davis leads the team in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, however, so the Rams must remember to minimize his production as well. It will be a tough test for a Rams team that did a good job of bottling up RB Marshawn Lynch last week.

3.) Shadow TE Travis Kelce

Kelce has emerged as QB Alex Smith’s favorite receiver. The tight end has totaled 307 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. At 6-foot-5-inches and 260 lbs., Kelce is a big bodied receiver who is also a strong route runner with ball skills. He has scored a touchdown in three straight games. The Rams should focus on shutting him down while also paying particular attention to him in the redzone.

4.) Continue to rush the passer

Sack City broke their slump and got after QB Russell Wilson last week. The group totaled three sacks and seven quarterback hits. Smith is a composed passer when given adequate protection, but if St. Louis can force him off his spot he will make mistakes. DE Robert Quinn and Co. must maintain the positive momentum they established last week.

5.) Give QB Austin Davis time in the pocket

Kansas City allows the second fewest passing yards per game in the NFL. This is due in part to their stout pass rush led by OLB’s Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. Tackles Jake Long and Joe Barksdale will need to be on their game in pass protection, or it may be a very long game for Davis.

Check back with us after the game to see our 5 Keys to Victory: Revisited.