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Chiefs-Rams scouting report

Zac Stacy is one of three running backs the Rams use. The others are Benjamin Cunningham and Tre Mason.
Zac Stacy is one of three running backs the Rams use. The others are Benjamin Cunningham and Tre Mason. The Associated Press

When the Chiefs run

EDGE >> CHIEFS

This is where the Chiefs can make some hay, though it won’t be easy. Jamaal Charles looked as quick as he has all season last week, while Knile Davis has emerged as a strong No. 2 option. He has only rushed 12 times for 31 yards the last two games, so he is due for a breakout. The Rams feature one of the league’s worst perimeter run defenses, so there could be holes for everybody, including quarterback Alex Smith and running back De’Anthony Thomas.

Chiefs’ Top Rusher

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

K. Davis

83

352

4.2

3

When the Chiefs pass

EDGE >> RAMS

The Rams’ defensive front hasn’t been as fearsome as some predicted, but it’s still a formidable group. Defensive end Robert Quinn is an elite pass rusher, while first-round pick Aaron Donald has lived up to the hype as a disruptive tackle. Former Missouri star E.J. Gaines has earned a role in a secondary that might be without its best cornerback, Janoris Jenkins, due to a knee injury. The Chiefs have managed to move the ball well through the air despite a lack of explosive options at receiver, but the Rams will make it difficult.

Chiefs’ Top QB

C

A

Yds.

TD-I

A. Smith

119

186

1,270

9-4

Chiefs’ Top WR

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

T. Kelce

24

307

12.8

3

When the Rams run

EDGE >> CHIEFS

This one could be a push. The Rams feature three interesting running backs in Zac Stacy, Benjamin Cunningham and Tre Mason, and they like to deploy the hot hand. However, the Chiefs’ run defense has been surprisingly solid after the loss of inside linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive end Mike DeVito, and there’s no reason to think it will suddenly fall off now.

Rams’ Top Rusher

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

Z. Stacy

61

240

3.9

1

When the Rams pass

EDGE >> CHIEFS

Many speculated that the Rams were in deep trouble when starting quarterback Sam Bradford went down with a season-ending injury, but quarterback Austin Davis has been surprisingly solid in his stead. The Chiefs haven’t forced many interceptions, but they do feature a strong pass rush led by outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Expect them to get after Davis.

Rams’ Top QB

C

A

Yds.

TD-I

A. Davis

135

203

1,520

9-4

Rams’ Top WR

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

J. Cook

26

320

12.3

0

Special teams

EDGE >> RAMS

The Rams’ special teams played a big role in their upset victory over Seattle last week. Meanwhile, the Chiefs’ special teams have left a bit to be desired at times. Kicker Cairo Santos has made his last six field goals and punter Dustin Colquitt has been his usual solid self, but the Chiefs’ return game has yet to get anything going.

Coaching

EDGE >> RAMS

Chiefs coach Andy Reid and Rams coach Jeff Fisher are among the most respected coaches in the game, but for whatever reason, Fisher has had Reid’s number. The man whose players effectionately call “Big Red” is 0-4 in his career against Fisher.

X-factor

EDGE >> CHIEFS

Sunday is going to be a huge sports day for Kansas City. Game 5 of the World Series begins at 7 p.m., so expect Chiefs fans to start the party early. Arrowhead Stadium will be rocking for this crucial game.

Bottom line: Chiefs 27-17

Reid’s losing streak against Fisher should come to an end this week. The Rams are well-coached and tough, in the image of their coach, but the Chiefs are the better team and they have home-field advantage.

Terez A. Paylor, tpaylor@kcstar.com

199.7 (30th)

Chiefs pass yards per game

234 (14th)

Rams pass yards allowed per game

140.3 (3rd)

Chiefs rush yards per game

145 (28th)

Rams rush yards allowed per game

253.3 (11th)

Rams pass yards per game

209 (2nd)

Chiefs pass yards allowed per game

105.3 (18th)

Rams rush yards per game

117.7 (18th)

Chiefs rush yards allowed per game

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