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Why the Chiefs aren't playing the Packers in the preseason this year

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The Kansas City Chiefs played the Green Bay Packers in the preseason finale in each of the past five years. But that tradition will not continue as the Chiefs will play the Cardinals, Seahawks, Titans and Rams in the preseason instead.

You may not realize it but teams can be involved in scheduling their final preseason game. The Chiefs and Packers apparently wanted to face each other again this year but the Royals schedule got in the way. This according to ESPN Wisconsin.

Because the Royals' Kauffman Stadium and the Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium are adjacent to one another, they share a parking lot. And with the defending American League champions set to play host to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, Sept. 3 and the Chicago White Sox on Friday, Sept. 4, it meant the Packers and Chiefs couldn't play one another to end preseason play.

It was the Packers turn to come to Kansas City so the game would have been in Kansas City if they had played. Why didn't the Chiefs just go there? I'm not sure. The Chiefs will travel to St. Louis instead.

The Chiefs and Packers are also playing in the regular season but that's not the reason they're not playing as the Chiefs have played teams in the preseason and regular season before (Packers, Rams).