Chiefs vs. Rams: 5-Pack

Warpaint Illustrated Columnist
Posted Aug 19, 2012

After the Kansas City Chiefs 31-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Saturday night, there were five note worthy items to take from the teams second exhibition game.

1. 12-Pack - I love the 12 Package. The Chiefs tight ends definitely in effect tonight. Whether it’s Kevin Boss, Tony Moeaki, Steve Maneri or Jake O’Connell – all have the ability to catch the football as well as help block in the running game. Double tight end formations will be a frequent site this season.

2. Where are the Wide receivers? - For a second consecutive game the only “first team” wide receiver to have a catch was Dexter McCluster. It was good to see the Chiefs target Jonathan Baldwin early but a fumble on his only reception negated a drive. Steve Breaston and Baldwin have had a great training camp but have been invisible in the Chiefs first two preseason games.

3. Where’s the Secondary? - For the first time in the exhibition season, Kansas City’s secondary struggled in man-to-man coverage. Cornerback, Stanford Routt, had a tough night early as Rams Quarterback Sam Bradford picked on his side of the field for two early scores.

4. Linebackers Ready - All Pro linebackers, Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali, can’t wait for the September 10th opener to arrive. Both flew to the football and appear to be in regular season form. However, on the inside, Jovan Belcher, struggled at inside linebacker.

5. NT Wars - The battle for the starting nose tackle spot between Dontari Poe and Anthony Toribio is great to watch. It’s also quickly becoming a strength of the defensive line. Both played well tonight. Poe showed a wealth of raw talent and is just “country strong”. Toribio did a great job of holding the center up and getting penetration into the Rams backfield.

Dave Barr is a 19-year sports radio veteran who has worked for ESPN, Sporting News Radio and in markets like Cincinnati, Little Rock and Tulsa. Currently Barr is the program director for 1450 The Score in Joplin, Missouri and hosts the A.M. Grind weekday mornings from 6-9am. Want more Dave follow him on Twitter @Daveabarr.

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