It’s game day. I’m settling into my seat at the press box here at Arrowhead. Some of the players are on the field warming up. We’re expecting a good time tonight here at Arrowhead but I don’t think it will be a huge crowd. I came in a little later than usual to the stadium and drove right in with ease. I can’t blame anyone for not coming to a preseason game but I shall soldier on...
You can access the Chiefs roster and depth chart right here.
Alex Smith will start the game but Andy Reid says he’s only playing a quarter or so. The 49ers say their starters won’t play more than a quarter either. Tyler Bray will get the second quarter and Mahomes will get the third quarter followed by Joel Stave in the fourth.
I get excited for the first preseason game and then quickly disappointed once the first team is out. It’ll be a little different this year as we await Mahomes in the third quarter. He will be playing with second and third stringers but he can still show off what he can do.
Because of injuries, the Chiefs are also going to feature some other players we don’t always see a lot. Eric Berry has been out with a heel injury so if he doesn’t play we could see Eric Murray playing more safety. With Travis Kelce likely out, the Chiefs will feature Demetrius Harris, Gavin Escobar and Ross Travis a little more at tight end. If Bennie Logan doesn’t play (which would suck), we would see more new signing Roy Miller. So, even though it’s preseason, there are still some new-ish things to be looking for.
The Chiefs say the parking lot gates will open at 3 p.m. while the stadium gates will open at 6 p.m. It’s ONLY $40 to park in the preseason when you pay at the gate ... as opposed to $60 during the season. So, that’s a bargain? Yeah...
The Chiefs preseason game will feature Trent Green and Carter Blackburn on the call. Friend of the site BJ Kissel will be doing the sideline. We’ll be on Facebook Live before and after the game so like us there and on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting from the press box on Friday night.
Nuts and bolts
Location: Arrowhead Stadium
Game time: Friday, August 11, 8 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)
TV channel: KCTV-5 (Do I get the game?) / NFL Network (their schedule says 9 p.m.)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass (free 7-day trial)
Radio: 101.1 The Fox (Mitch Holthus and Kendall Gammon*) | Full listings
Matchup history: 49ers lead 7-5
Odds: Chiefs are 4-point favorites
Announcers: Carter Blackburn, Trent Green, BJ Kissel (sideline)
Enemy blog: Niners Nation
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*Len Dawson is not calling the games this year but instead doing some pre-taped stuff as well as pregame stuff.
Chiefs 2017 preseason schedule
All Chiefs preseason games are on KCTV-5 locally. Check NFL Network for nationally.
Week 1: 49ers-Chiefs
Friday, August 11, 8 p.m.
Week 2: Chiefs-Bengals
Saturday, August 19, 6 p.m.
Week 3: Chiefs-Seahawks
Friday, August 25, 7 p.m.
Week 4: Titans-Chiefs
Thursday, August 31, 7:30 p.m.