An A-Z rewind of the Chiefs’ 34-7 win over the St. Louis Rams and a fast-forward glance ahead to next week’s game against the New York Jets:
A is for Arrowhead Stadium, where order apparently has been restored since the Chiefs lost four in a row there from the end of last season to the 2014 opener. Since then, they’ve won their last two home games by a combined margin of 75-21 as they prepare to play five of their last nine there.
B is for bulls-eyes by Alex Smith, the Chiefs’ quarterback who completed 24 of 28 passes for 226 yards, including, at one point, 10 completions in a row.
C is for clock, which the Chiefs owned again, this time by a margin of 35:38 to 24:22.
D is for defensive lineman Allen Bailey, a first-year starter who continued to entrench himself with two sacks and three quarterback pressures.
E is for E.J. Gaines, the Fort Osage product who played at Arrowhead for the first time since his Mizzou days and called the experience “kind of surreal.”
F is for Fifty-Six Fifty-Six, the minutes and seconds the Chiefs shut out the Rams after allowing an initial scoring drive.
G is for Governor’s Cup, wrested back from the Rams even if some of them (like quarterback Alex Smith) didn’t exactly covet it since they never knew it existed.
H is for harassment of Rams’ quarterback Austin Davis, who was sacked seven times — which somehow is the 54th time in franchise history the Chiefs have managed six or more.
I is for interception by the Chiefs’ Ron Parker, who also had a sack as he further demonstrates that safety may be his niche more than cornerback.
J is for Justin Houston, the Chiefs’ linebacker whose three sacks give him an NFL-best 10 for the season.
K is for Knile Davis, who returned the opening kickoff of the second half 99 yards for his second career TD return. His previous went for 108 against Denver last season. In two seasons, he has two of the six longest TD returns in franchise history.
L is for looking ahead: Since starting 0-2, the Chiefs have won four of five. And they have the goods and look of a playoff team.
M is for makeshift offensive line of the Rams, which was without three injured starters.
N is for New York Jets, up next for the Chiefs at Arrowhead on Sunday after plummeting to 1-7 with a 43-23 loss to Buffalo.
O is for offense of the Rams, which gained just 135 yards after their first drive.
P is for punter Dustin Colquitt, who dropped three more punts inside the 20-yard line on Sunday to make him 16 for 28 this season and give him 301 career punts inside the 20 — 10th in NFL history. He’s got a ways to go, though, to catch leader Jeff Feagles, who had 554.
Q is for Quinn, Robert, the Rams defender who sacked Smith twice.
R is for rushing defense of the Chiefs, which held the Rams to 84 yards and still has yet to yield a touchdown this season.
S is for Santos, Cairo, the rookie kicker who is redeeming himself weekly after struggling early. Santos had field goals of 53 (a career-long) and 28 yards on Sunday. He’s suddenly made eight in a row and 10 of 12 for the season.
T is for thirty-six yard touchdown run by running back Jamaal Charles, a season-long, on a day he otherwise managed just 37 yards on 12 other carries (with another for a 1-yard touchdown).
U is for unleashed: tight end Travis Kelce’s repertoire of fakes, jukes and spins, on display again Sunday against the Rams, as he asserts himself as one of the Chiefs’ most dynamic players.
V is for view of the Jets defense: Courtesy of FootballPerspective.com, here’s how an opposing quarterback would project to perform against the Jets based on statistics to date and pro-rated to 16 games: 3,816 yards, 40 touchdowns and two interceptions.
W is for winning the special teams game, which wasn’t to be assumed against the Rams.
X is for X-factor for the Chiefs: Since throwing three interceptions in 35 passes in the opener against Tennessee, Smith has thrown one in 151 passes since … while completing 100 of those.
Y is for yards gained by the Chiefs wide receivers: a mere 90, including 64 by Dwayne Bowe.
Z is for Zuerlein, Greg, the Rams kicker from Missouri Western who had the fatal last flail at Knile Davis as he returned Zuerlein’s kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.