1:00 PM ET, November 5, 2006
Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- After backing up pregame braggadocio about dealing out the hits rather than taking them, Larry Johnson had a lot more to say.Johnson rushed for 172 yards, becoming the second straight running back to punish the St. Louis Rams' defense in the Kansas City Chiefs' 31-17 victory on Sunday. It wasn't nearly enough.
Damon Huard or Trent Green? Huard has played so well that it's going to be a hard decision for Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards when Green is healthy.
• To read the rest of John Clayton's column on Damon Huard, click here.
|Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
The St. Louis Rams came out flat, were unable to generate any momentum early and simply could not stop the Chiefs' powerful rushing attack led by Larry Johnson (above). The Rams are a team that cannot afford to turn the ball over and bounce back from those types of mistakes. With four turnovers the Rams constantly put themselves in come-from-behind situations. The Rams' secondary made too many errors in coverage and allowed Damon Huard to look like a star in leading the Chiefs' offense.
Rams QB Marc Bulger had a very good game passing, but did not have the protection up front from his offensive line and allowed the Chiefs' defense to get upfield and force turnovers. The Rams showed they can still move the ball downfield under pressure, but it was too little too late as the Rams tried to make a late rally in the fourth quarter.
Pitcher Chris Carpenter of the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals was on the field for the coin toss and watched the game from the sidelines with his young son. Other Cardinals attending were reliever Josh Hancock and trainer Barry Weinberg. ... The Chiefs have outscored the Rams 134-61 in the last three meetings. ... Isaac Bruce had three receptions for 61 yards and has 12,832 career yards, passing Irving Fryar for ninth place.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.5||6.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||12:46||Larry Johnson 1 Yd Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick) |
Drive: 6 plays, 14 yds, 3:16
|TD||2:27||Tony Gonzalez 3 Yd Pass From Damon Huard (Lawrence Tynes Kick) |
Drive: 2 plays, 46 yds, :50
|FG||4:38||Lawrence Tynes 42 Yd |
Drive: 4 plays, 9 yds, 1:23
|TD||7:59||Steven Jackson 2 Yd Run (Jeff Wilkins Kick) |
Drive: 6 plays, 70 yds, 3:21
|TD||14:12||Tony Gonzalez 25 Yd Pass From Damon Huard (Lawrence Tynes Kick) |
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 2:21
|FG||15:00||Jeff Wilkins 41 Yd |
Drive: 7 plays, 58 yds, :48
|TD||11:10||Kevin Curtis 2 Yd Pass From Marc Bulger (Jeff Wilkins Kick) |
Drive: 12 plays, 80 yds, 5:54
|TD||8:40||Kris Wilson 11 Yd Pass From Damon Huard (Lawrence Tynes Kick) |
Drive: 7 plays, 94 yds, 3:40