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The Kansas City Chiefs take their 3-0 record to St. Louis to face the 0-3 Rams in the finale of the 2015 NFL preseason schedule. The Chiefs first team is coming off their best game in which Alex Smith completed 16-of-18 passes in a win over the Tennessee Titans. However, most of the Chiefs starters are not expected to play on Thursday against the Rams.
The big news in Kansas City this week -- besides the Chiefs 2015 NFL roster cuts -- was the injury to TE Travis Kelce. What was feared to be something serious was actually just a minor ankle sprain. Kelce is not expected to play on Thursday in St. Louis.
The Chiefs will be deciding on several position battles in this game, including inside linebacker and also figuring out how the right guard and right tackle positions will shake out. Offensive tackles Eric Fisher and Jeff Allen are both expected to miss this game so it will be difficult to make too many decisions on the offensive line based on this game.
"Most of the guys - the ones that we're on the fence about - are going to get an opportunity to play," Andy Reid said this week. "We'll go through and evaluate. There are some spots that are very important for the reps, that these guys get in for our evaluation of them."
The Chiefs trimmed their roster from 90 to 75 players in the last week by cutting WR Kenny Cook, OT Anthony Dima, LS Andrew East, CB Aaron Hester, DE Vaughn Martin, CB Kenneth Penny, G Marcus Reed, TE Adam Schiltz, WR Jeret Smith, OL Charles Tuaau, WR L'Damian Washington, WR Junior Hemingway and OT Tavon Rooks. QB Tyler Bray was moved to the Reserve / NFI list with his ACL injury while LB Justin March was placed on IR.
The Chiefs will make 22 more roster moves by Saturday, trimming their roster to 53 players.
Your nuts and bolts for Thursday's game...
Nuts and bolts
Location: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri
Game time: Thursday, September 3, 7 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)
TV channel: CBS / KCTV-5 (Do I get the game?)
NFL Network replay: Friday, 2 a.m. (Arrowhead Time)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass
Radio: 101.1 The Fox (Mitch Holthus and Len Dawson) | Full listings
Odds: Rams are 3-point favorites
Matchup history: 7-4 (all-time)
Announcers: Paul Burmeister, Trent Green, THE BJ Kissel (sideline)
Enemy blog: Turf Show Times
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Chiefs preseason schedule
*All times Arrowhead time
Week 1: at Arizona Cardinals (W: 34-19)
Week 2: Seattle Seahawks (W: 14-13)
Week 3: Tennessee Titans (W: 34-10)
Week 4: at St. Louis Rams (Sept. 3, 7 p.m.)
Chiefs regular season schedule
Week 1: @ Houston Texans (Sept. 13, 12 p.m. CBS)
Week 2: Denver Broncos (TNF, Sept. 17, 7:25 p.m., NFL Network)
Week 3: @ Green Bay Packers (MNF, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., ESPN)
Week 4: @ Cincinnati Bengals (Oct. 4, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 5: Chicago Bears (Oct. 11, 12 p.m., Fox)
Week 6: @ Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 18, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 7: Pittsburgh Steelers (Oct. 25, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 8: Detroit Lions (London, Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m., Fox)
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: @ Denver Broncos (Nov. 15, 3:25 p.m., CBS)
Week 11: @ San Diego Chargers (SNF, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., NBC)
Week 12: Buffalo Bills (Nov. 29, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 13: @ Oakland Raiders (Dec. 6, 3:05 p.m., CBS)
Week 14: San Diego Chargers (Dec. 13, 12 p.m, CBS)
Week 15: @ Baltimore Ravens (Dec. 20, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 16: Cleveland Browns (Dec. 27, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 17: Oakland Raiders (Jan. 3, 12 p.m., CBS)