For the fifth consecutive year, the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers will meet in the preseason finale. The Chiefs final game on the 2014 NFL preseason schedule will take place at Lambeau Field on Thursday night at 6 p.m. (Arrowhead Time).
The Chiefs are not playing their most of their starters in this game so don't expect to learn a whole lot about the first team unit. Meanwhile, the Chiefs have had some backups who have graded out very well, including OT Ryan Harris, who could be the one replacing right tackle Donald Stephenson during his suspension (if not Jeff Allen). The question of who will be the right tackle in Week 1 has yet to be decided so if you want an important player to watch in this game, make it OT Ryan Harris.
Part of the reason the Chiefs don't play their starters in this game is because it gets the other players who may not make the roster some game tape. That game tape can be valuable to other teams around the league who are evaluating the players getting cut. Watch the second half with that in mind.
Note that this game kicks off at 6 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) which is slightly earlier than usual.
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Game time: Thursday, August 28, 6 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)
Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
TV channel: KCTV-5 (Green Bay TV ... Do I get the game?)
NFL Network re-air: Sunday, 9 a.m.
Radio: 101.1 The Fox (Mitch Holthus and Len Dawson) | Full listings
Online streaming: NFL preseason live | Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required) | NFL Game Pass offers live online broadcasts to users outside the USA.
Announcers: Paul Burmeister, Trent Green, BJ Kissel (sideline), Rachel Santschi (sideline)
Injury report: Most of the Chiefs starters aren't playing in this game either way but Eric Fisher (illness), Tamba Hali (swollen knee), Mike Catapano (illness), Joe Mays (wrist surgery), Eric Berry (heel), Jamaal Charles (foot) and Dwayne Bowe (quad) have all been dealing with injuries of varying degree. The hope is that everyone (besides Mays and perhaps Catapano) will be ready for the regular season opener.
Odds: Packers are 3-point favorites
Prediction: Chiefs lose 24-16
Matchup history: Chiefs lead 7-2-1 (regular season); Chiefs-Packers tied 7-7-1 (preseason)
Fun fact: The Chiefs are one of two teams never to lose a regular season game at Lambeau Field. They are 3-0.
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Chiefs Preseason schedule
Week 1: Cincinnati Bengals (Chiefs win 41-39)
Week 2: at Carolina Panthers (Chiefs lose 28-16)
Week 3: Minnesota Vikings (Chiefs lose 30-12)
Week 4: at Green Bay Packers (Aug. 28, 6 p.m., KCTV-5)
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