ST. LOUIS (Nov. 5, 2006) -- After backing up pregame braggadocio about dealing out the hits rather than taking them, Larry Johnson had a lot more to say.
"I'm a little disappointed because I feel we did leave 200 yards of rushing on that field," Johnson said. "The way we were going out there and just pushing them backward and shakings things up, we should have done even more."
The Chiefs defense forced three early turnovers against a team that emphasizes ball security, and Kansas City capitalized en route to a 17-point cushion.
"You can't put Kansas City in a short field like that," Rams offensive tackle Orlando Pace said. "It makes it tough on us and a lot easier on those guys."
Two touchdown catches by Tony Gonzalez, who broke Otis Taylor's franchise career mark, helped Kansas City (5-3) raise its record to an NFL-best 21-5 in interconference play since 1995. Damon Huard was mistake-free again, going 10 for 15 for 148 yards and three touchdowns.
Johnson had 172 yards on 27 carries, including a 1-yard score for his fifth touchdown in two weeks; a 45-yarder when the Chiefs were backed up in the second quarter; and a 16-yarder that set up a field goal. He secured his fifth 100-yard game of the year and the 18th of his career before halftime against a beleaguered Rams defense that LaDainian Tomlinson gouged for 183 yards last week.
"There's no reason to try to sugarcoat it," Rams safety Corey Chavous said. "We're doing a good job, I think, 90 percent of the time stopping the run. But we're giving up chunks of yardage -- I mean, big chunks of yardage -- on two or three plays.
"Those two or three plays are the reason why somebody's rushing for 170 yards rather than 70 or 80 yards in a game."
"I can't concentrate on who goes down," Johnson said. "If everybody goes down I've got to find a way to get yardage."
Dane Looker, in for his sure hands with the Chiefs punting from the St. Louis 45, fumbled a fair catch in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Allen ran down Bulger on a rollout and stripped him, and then stripped Jackson on a 3-yard gain up the middle.
Four plays after Jackson coughed up the ball at the St. Louis 33, Lawrence Tynes' 42-yard field goal made it 17-0 with 10:22 to go in the first half.
Gonzalez has 59 career TDs receiving, two more than Taylor for the franchise record. He needs three more to catch Shannon Sharpe, who holds the NFL record for a tight end.
Bulger's fourth straight 300-yard passing game was wasted for St. Louis. He was 31 for 42 for 354 yards with no interceptions.
The game ended on a sour note for the Rams. Curtis was taken to a hospital for observation after a blow to the ribs from Sammy Knight on a meaningless 23-yard catch near the Kansas City sideline.
Notes: 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 sideline 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.