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Who will win the Governor's Cup this season?
It's an all-Missouri clash in this Week 2 NFL preseason game, with both teams each holding aspirations to improve upon disappointing 2011 campaigns.
For the Kansas City Chiefs, it's another chance to see how some of the team's injured stars from a season ago will handle game contact. For the St. Louis Rams, it's an opportunity to chart the further development of quarterback Sam Bradford and the team's other young talents.
It's the Show-Me Showdown, ladies and gentlemen. Let the previewing begin.
Who will win the coveted Governor's Cup on Saturday?
When: Saturday, August 18 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri
Watch: KCTV5 (Kansas City) and KTVI 2 (St. Louis)
Listen: KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City), Sirius XM Radio: 93
Live Streaming: NFL Preseason Live
Betting Line: Rams (+1), according to Bovada
Key Chiefs Injuries (from CBS)
CB Brandon Flowers, Foot, Doubtful
TE Tony Moeaki, Knee, Questionable
Key Rams Injuries (from CBS)
WR Danario Alexander, Knee, Questionable
What's at Stake
Um, just the Governor's Cup, only the most valuable trophy earned in meaningless games the world has ever seen!
From 1966 until 1988 (when the Cardinals headed to Arizona), the cup was awarded to the winner of the preseason (or occasional regular-season) game between the Chiefs and Cardinals. When the Rams left Los Angeles for St. Louis in 1996, the rivalry renewed.
Is it the most meaningless trophy in sports? Probably not, but preseason games rarely matter, and the two teams have only battled for the cup in the regular season five times, with the Chiefs winning all five clashes. The preseason battle is closer, with the Rams holding an 8-5 edge.
Fantasy Prospect to Watch: Jamaal Charles
When you watch Charles, you'll be looking for one thing: How does his knee hold up?
If he's healthy this year, Charles could be a huge steal for your team in the late second or third round of your fantasy draft. Remember, this is a man who has never averaged less than 5.3 yards per carry over the course of a season and is one of the game's most dangerous big-play threats.
Sure, he'll be splitting carries with Peyton Hillis, but he did that with Thomas Jones in 2010 and still rushed for 1,467 yards, added another 468 in the passing game and scored eight touchdowns. If he's healthy, he's dangerous.
So keep an eye on that knee.
What They're Saying
Speaking of Charles and Hillis, Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel is really excited about the possibilities he has in the backfield with the pair (via Bill Williamson of ESPN):
"They have a chance to be very good," Crennel said. "Very good. I've been around some very good running backs in my time, but I haven't been around a pair like this. They can be so good together."
What Crennel likes most about Charles and Hillis as a tandem is the versatility they bring to an offense. Charles has game-changing speed, while Hillis is a pounder.
"That's a good combination to have," Crennel said. "I'm excited about it."
Crennel said he senses that both Charles and Hillis, who was signed from Cleveland, know they can be special together and they like working together. At a position where egos can be prevalent, Crennel said he not seen any attitude issues from either player.
There's a whole lot to like about those quotes for Chiefs fans. And I not only tend to agree with Crennel on this, but I also think the Chiefs could have the league's best rushing attack this season. A happy Hillis and healthy Charles is as good a thunder-and-lightning combination as it gets.
Chiefs Player to Watch: Matt Cassel
The season will pretty much fall to the arm of Cassel this year. We know the Chiefs can be a decent team this season, as they finished 7-9 last year despite a slew of injuries to key players, Todd Haley being fired midway through the season and, oh yeah, Tyler Palko seeing the field. But whether or not they are a playoff team is up to Cassel.
Sure, this team should rely primarily on the running game. Sure, without Dwayne Bowe around the passing game could suffer. But Cassel needs to put on his Alex Smith shoes and manage the game. The Chiefs should be able to win by running the ball and playing solid defense. It will be Cassel's job to limit turnovers and keep the chains moving.
Rams Players to Watch: Steven Jackson and Isaiah Pead
Pead didn't help his cause for playing time when he fumbled in his preseason debut. But Steven Jackson isn't getting any younger, and the Rams would be wise to utilize Pead's speed during the season.
You can't give Pead touches if he continues to fumble or looks shaky in game situations, but he does have the ability to be a difference-maker. Jackson could really use a reduced workload—even though he won't want one—but he's either surpassed or come close to 300 touches in every season of his career.
A healthy running game could be just what the doctor ordered for Sam Bradford and this Rams offense. An effective Pead will go a long way toward making that a reality.
Key Matchup: Chiefs Stars vs. The Injury Bug
Last year the Chiefs lost Charles, Cassel, Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki to injury at some point for the season. Had they all remained healthy, you can make a very strong case the team would have won the AFC West last season.
The last thing this team needs is to see one of them injured again. In the preseason, matchups against the other team are irrelevant. But staying healthy, well, that's always the key.
Hillis and Charles will be effective while they play. The Rams' passing attack will leave a lot to be desired. Jeff Fisher will scowl the entire game. Isaiah Pead will look more comfortable and make a few big plays. The Governor's Cup will return to Kansas City in a 21-13 win for the Chiefs.
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