The third preseason game is upon us. This is traditionally the game where the starters play the most so we should see the Kansas City Chiefs starters against the Chicago Bears starters for at least half and maybe more.
“You’re going to give the ones the same amount [they had against the LA Rams] into possibly the third quarter,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters on Tuesday. “That’s kind of the way people do it around the league and that’s how we do it here. We’re going to keep knocking the rust off and getting ourselves game ready.”
Offensively, the Chiefs don’t seem to have a ton of rust - outside of getting back Jamaal Charles, who isn’t expected to play. Defensively, the Chiefs have a lot of rust to knock off, especially the run defense. Tamba Hali is not expected to play in this game.
“At the same time, that second half is where we want to get some of the other guys in to try and evaluate them,” Reid continued. “Does that mean everyone is going to play? No. Not everyone will play, but we’ll take a look at the guys we need to take an extra look at if we feel they need extra work or we’re trying to evaluate a little bit better.”
The Chiefs will cut their roster from 90 to 75 players just a few days after this game so the second half is indeed important. The fourth preseason game is traditionally the one that most of the backups play so this should be the last live action for most of the Chiefs first team.