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Chiefs vs. Cardinals preseason 2015: Five things to know about the enemy

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The Kansas City Chiefs will face off against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night in the first game on the preseason schedule. To prepare for the game, we spoke with Jess Root over at SB Nation's Cardinals blog, Revenge of the Birds.

I talked with Jess about a few of the Cardinals players we should be watching out for. I also mentioned Travis Kelce's controversial fumble in last year's regular season game between the two teams. We disagree on that call!

Here's our convo. Thanks to Jess for helping out. And check out their podcast, which our own Matt Conner appeared on this week.

1. Which little known offensive player should we watch out for?

Well, let's give you two. One is Ifeanyi Momah, former receiver converted to tight end the Cardinals signed after he attended the veterans combine. He has really shown up in the offseason in shorts and is making plays in pads. Likewise, fifth round pick J.J. Nelson is doing much more than expected. With Michael Floyd out, he is getting reps on the first team in 3-wide set. He is not only fast, he is really fast.

2. Which little known defensive player should we watch out for?

Hmmm ... I'll go with the very athletic but very raw Rodney Gunter, drafted in the fourth round out of Delaware State. He is strong. His snap even gets the attention of the first teamers.

3. We are watching the Chiefs o-line closely. What is the Cardinals pass rush looking like?

No idea. Alex Okafor, who had eight sacks in 13 games last season, looks even stronger. Second round pick Markus Golden is getting off the edge but we will see in game action. He has one heck of a motor.

4. How long are the Cardinals starters supposed to play?

Carson Palmer will play exactly one series. I believe the starters will play the rest of the first  quarter with Drew Stanton.

5. Travis Kelce caught it, right?

I agreed with the call completely, and not just from a Cardinals fan perspective. The ref explanation makes sense.

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