The Kansas City Chiefs’ offense, in neutral throughout the first quarter, picked up in a hurry in their first drive of the second, culminating in a short touchdown pass from Matt Cassel to give them a 7-6 lead over the St. Louis Rams.
The Chiefs’ vaunted rushing game finally looked like itself—Jamaal Charles, who has three carries for 14 yards, and Thomas Jones were both instrumental in the drive. But it was a 28-yard pass from Cassel to Dwayne Bowe that was key to their touchdown drive.
For the Rams, who were dominant in the first quarter but have just six points to show for it, it was a reminder of how close their offense has been to putting teams away without being able to do it. After a 6-for-6 start Bradford has struggled since, going 3-for-9, and Steven Jackson hasn’t been able to pick up all the slack. Cassel is 3-for-5 since his interception, with 35 yards passing and the touchdown.