The Kansas City Chiefs will see the preseason debut of Bennie Logan and Travis Kelce on Saturday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Chiefs say that Eric Berry and Cairo Santos will not play in the game, which is no big surprise. The Chiefs will also be without Chris Jones and Roy Miller on the defensive line.
The game kicks off at 6 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) and can be seen on KCTV-5 locally. Keep scrolling down for more info on how to watch it...
Andy Reid said the Chiefs would play Alex Smith and the starters for two whole quarters with Patrick Mahomes, the new No. 2 quarterback, would start the second half. Alex and the starters played just one series last week before coming out. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mahomes came in near the end of the first half and got some time with the first team.
It doesn’t appear we’ll see Chris Jones make his preseason debut. Our Pete Sweeney reports that his Snapchat story on Friday night showed him in Kansas City, not Cincinnati with the team. He had offseason knee surgery but is back to practice.
The Chiefs top position battles for this game include running back where Spencer Ware and Kareem Hunt are competing for the top spot. We’ve seen CJ Spiller mixing in more (the Chiefs called him an “unbelievable surprise”, for what it’s worth). Charcandrick West needs a bounce back game after last week.
At receiver, the Chiefs have a bunch of guys out there. Can Seantavius Jones or Marcus Kemp make the team at receiver? There’s also competition at tight end. I’m not sure if we’ll see Travis Kelce. I hope we don’t, to be honest. Demetrius Harris, Gavin Escobar and Ross Travis are competing for 2-3 spots at tight end. I should also mention Orson Charles in that group.
Defensively, I want to see Rakeem Nunez-Roches, who put on 25 pounds this offseason and looked like he did in the first preseason game. That’s a nice development. Will we see Bennie Logan or Roy Miller at nose tackle this game? It appears Derrick Johnson and Ramik Wilson are your leaders in the clubhouse for the inside linebacker spots but competition continues behind them.
With that, the nuts and bolts of the game ...
Nuts and bolts
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Game time: Saturday, August 19, 6 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)
TV channel: KCTV-5 (Do I get the game?) | NFL Network replay: Monday, 9 a.m.
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass (free 7-day trial)
Radio: 101.1 The Fox (Mitch Holthus and Kendall Gammon*) | Spanish Radio Broadcast: KCZZ 1480 AM (Tico Sports) | Full listings
Matchup history: Bengals lead 15-13
Odds: Chiefs are 2.5-point favorites
Announcers: Carter Blackburn, Trent Green, BJ Kissel (sideline)
Enemy blog: Cincy Jungle
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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 27 Chiefs 17
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.