The third preseason game is usually the one in which the starters play into the third quarter, or even all of the third quarter, but this isn't a usual preseason. With the lockout, teams haven't had an offseason so each team has been taking their own approach to the preseason.
For the Kansas City Chiefs, that approach has been to slow things down a little bit. The Chiefs didn't treat their third preseason game like usual so we've been wondering how they'll handle the final game on Thursday night against the Packers.
The final preseason game is usually one in which the starters, like the Packers plan to do, play a series or two. But the voice of the Chiefs, Mitch Holthus, thinks they may treat tonight's game more like the traditional third preseason game with the starters playing more, perhaps into the second half.
"When everyone was saying last week, 'Hey this is the third preseason game and this is when you play your guys into the third quarter,' and everyone was assuming that's what the Chiefs were going to do, I was like, 'No, that's not what they're going to do,' Holthus told Kevin Kietzmann on 810 WHB's Between The Lines on Wednesday. "People haven't been paying attention for the last three weeks because todd's running his own script."
And on Thursday night, Holthus thinks that script may call for
"The script for this week calls for more, it appears to be, more of a normal third week for other teams in a regular season without a lockout than it would be a regular fourth week," Holthus said. "I do think -- we're going to meet here in a little bit in Green Bay and chat about it -- but I think he's going to treat it more like a third preseason game and try to win it."
In just a few hours we'll see if he's right. Check out the full audio of Mitch Holthus' appearance on 810 WHB here.