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Halftime observations: Chiefs 10, Rams 7

It’s halftime at Arrowhead Stadium, and the Chiefs lead the Rams 10-7. Here are some quick observations.

*Travis Kelce is so much fun to watch. He has four catches for 45 yards, and has already broken out a pair of Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon-like shakes that helped spring him for additional yards. He's looking like a real find for general manager John Dorsey.

*Strong half, at least on the surface, for safety Ron Parker. He recorded his first interception of the season in the first quarter, when he displayed good technique and discipline by staying on top of a deep route by Kenny Britt and making a play on the ball.

*Cairo Santos has quietly gotten it together after a rough start to his career. The rookie made a 53-yard field goal right before halftime, which is a career long, and has now mad seven straight field goals.

*The Chiefs' offensive line showed signs of breaking against the Rams' strong pass rush late in the first half. Defensive end Robert Quinn beat Eric Fisher outside for sacks on back-to-back plays on the Chiefs' final drive. Something to keep an eye on going forward.

*Quarterback Alex Smith had a nice half, at least statistically. He completed 14 of 15 passes in the first half for 111 yards and a 97.5 rating.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @TerezPaylor.

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