Don't count on seeing many starters hit the field on Thursday when the Green Bay Packers visit Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs.
With the regular season right around the corner, both teams will use this upcoming game to evaluate players on the roster bubble.
Green Bay is a perennial favorite to win the NFC North, while the Chiefs are hoping to rebound from a dismal season in 2012.
New Chiefs head coach Andy Reid brought quarterback Alex Smith over from the San Francisco 49ers via trade this past spring, and the duo could spark a revival. While most experts don't expect the Chiefs to earn a playoff spot in the AFC, there is enough talent on the roster to at least make the AFC West interesting this year.
Here's what you need to know about this upcoming preseason battle between the Packers and Chiefs.
When: Thursday, Aug. 29, at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
Watch: No national coverage; check local listings
Live Stream: Preseason Live
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 36.5 pts.
- Spread: Kansas City (-4)
Packers Injury Report (via ESPN.com)
Out: DuJuan Harris, RB
Questionable: LB Brad Jones, CB Casey Hayward, S Morgan Burnett, WR Jordy Nelson
Probable: WR Randall Cobb
Chiefs Injury Report (via ESPN.com)
Out: TE Tony Moeaki
Probable: RB Jamaal Charles, RB Dexter McCluster, TE Travis Kelce
Will Vince Young Continue Playing Well for Packers?
Many wondered if Vince Young had anything left to give when the Packers signed him to compete for the backup quarterback position. After a rocky first showing in Week 2, Young looked sharp in Week 3, completing six of seven passes for 41 yards and a touchdown against the stingy Seattle Seahawks defense.
Even better than the raw stats, which are impressive, was the comfort level Young had with Mike McCarthy's scheme. The team believes Young will only get better in their scheme over time, as noted by Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com:
08/24/13 Going Young proves easy call: The Packers believe Vince Young will only get better in their scheme, w... http://t.co/VCTLKTLQzi— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) August 24, 2013
Another strong outing from Young would be comforting for Packers fans, who were certainly worried about the team's chances of winning this year should Aaron Rodgers go down with an injury.
I like Green Bay's offense with Young more than I like Kansas City's offense with Chase Daniel.
Who you got?
The Packers have some questions about the running backs on the team—especially in light of DuJuan Harris' recent injury—and as such Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin and Alex Green will likely play a lot of snaps.
The Packers are simply a deeper team than the Chiefs this season, and we'll likely see that play out on the scoreboard on Thursday.
Final Score: Packers win 23-17
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