Kansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay Packers: Chiefs Preseason Week 4 Game Preview
The starting lineup got its final tune-up last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings at Arrowhead Stadium. The starters are expected to be on the field very briefly this Thursday against the Green Bay Packers on the road. In fact, some starters, such as Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles, will sit out this game, according to Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star.
As always, the final preseason game is for players whom coaches are uncertain about, and the Chiefs want to make sure they pick the best 53 players going into the 2014 regular season. Although the game will consist of players we know little about, they will be fighting hard for a roster spot.
Chiefs Week 3 Recap
It was a tough preseason game to watch for Chiefs fans as the first-team offense was limited to only three points in the first half. Quarterback Alex Smith threw two interceptions.
What was the biggest takeaway from Week 3’s preseason game? The Chiefs have a lot to work on. With some suspensions and injuries taking place, the Chiefs have very limited talent, and there aren’t very many options left for the team.
Following the conclusion of this game, Chiefs fans had to feel dubious about the team going into the regular season.
News and Notes
Adam Caplan of ESPN.com reports that linebacker Joe Mays will miss six weeks after undergoing wrist surgery. This gives Nico Johnson a chance to step up and earn a starting spot going into the first week.
With Dwayne Bowe set to miss the first game of the regular season as he serves a one-game suspension, the Chiefs need a wide receiver to rely on. Frankie Hammond is earning the trust of his teammates as they feel confident about his abilities. Hammond could be the guy who steps into Bowe's spot as the starting wide receiver in Week 1.
As mentioned earlier, the Chiefs will rest Jamaal Charles, who has had a nagging foot injury, for the third straight preseason game.
Herbie Teope of Chiefs Spin reported that safety Eric Berry returned to practice after missing all of the preseason so far because of his right heel.
Other players currently hurt include wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (quad), wide receiver Junior Hemingway (hip), cornerback Damond Smith (abductor), defensive end Mike Catapano (illness), left tackle Eric Fisher (illness) and offensive lineman Ryan McKee (knee).
The Chiefs have had flashes from a trio of pass-catchers.
Tight end Travis Kelce has lit up opposing defenses throughout the preseason, and he showed that with a pair of long catch-and-run touchdown plays last week.
Tight end Anthony Fasano had an encouraging game as he led all pass-catchers with five receptions, catching every pass thrown his way.
Wide receiver Frankie Hammond has gotten some praise from his teammates, as he’s been the most targeted Chiefs receiver this preseason.
Expect all three of these players to get some action before the final regular-season game. The Chiefs have to like what they are seeing in Kelce and know what they are getting out of Hammond. With Fasano being a veteran, the Chiefs hope he can step up and be a cornerstone and leader this season.
This slide is usually reserved for predicting the outcome of a game. But as we all know, preseason games are unpredictable due to the usage of personnel.
As for the personnel, expect all three backup quarterbacks—Chase Daniel, Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray—to play against the Packers since Alex Smith is sitting out. The Chiefs will have a better understanding of who they will keep on the roster between Murray and Bray for the third quarterback spot.
A group of players worth keeping an eye on would be the defensive backs. The Chiefs are expecting cornerback Sean Smith to be hit with a suspension soon, as he was cited for driving under the influence this offseason.
With Brandon Flowers gone, the Chiefs will be very thin going into Week 1. Coach Andy Reid will need to watch the secondary closely to see which players best fit the team.