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Kansas City Chiefs @ Chicago Bears preview

Location

Soldier Field, Chicago

Time

Saturday 25th August 1pm ET. 6pm UK time.

Coverage

KCTV (Ch. 5)

Game Pass
https://www.nflgamepass.com/en

Chiefs Radio Network
http://www.kcchiefsradio.com/listen-live/

Team records

Chiefs 1-1

Bears 1-2

Last 3 games

11th Oct 2015   –    Bears   18  @ Chiefs   17

4th Dec 2011  –      Chiefs   10  @  Bears    3

16th Sept 2007  –   Chiefs  10   @  Bears   20

The story so far

The Chiefs opened up with an underwhelming loss at home to Houston and followed up with a mixed bag of a win against Atlanta. The 1s were disappointing apart from THAT throw, the backups played well in the second half.

The Bears lost the Hall of Fame game 17-16 to the Ravens, followed that up with another loss at the Bengals but then went to Denver and won a close one 24-23.

Head to head with the Chiefs

Bears lead 7-5 overall.

Team leaders

Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Chad Henne 24 16 176 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Kerwynn Williams 14 41 2.9 0
Darrel Williams 12 31 2.6 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Tyreek Hill 6 94 15.7 1
Alex Ellis 6 53 8.8 0
Travis Kelce 4 49 12.3 0
Demarcus Robinson 3 48 16 1

Ones to watch

The Williams in the backfield. With the release of West from the backfield rotation, who steps up to take that 3rd RB role? Assuming Hunt and Ware are locks.

Key matchup

Matt Nagy v Andy Reid.

Take your pick of student takes on the master clichés. Nagy is very much part of the humongous Andy Reid coaching tree, can he outsmart the master?

Injuries

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid ruled out the following players for the game Thursday after practice:

  • DL Allen Bailey (knee)
  • S Eric Berry (heel)
  • OL Laurent Durvernay-Tardif (concussion)
  • CB Steve Nelson (concussion)
  • S Daniel Sorensen (knee)

The secondary depth will be tested missing Berry, Sorenson and Nelson back there.

What they said

“It’s excitement,” Matt Nagy said about playing his former employers. “There’s no jitters. I know so many coaches, players, people in that building, and we’re going to have fun. We understand that we’re both here to make our teams better and it’s going to be competitive. It’ll be fun, but at the same time we know so much about each other in different ways, so you try to help out. It is a preseason game, so you keep that in perspective a little bit.”

What we said

Bob Sutton: “Because we’ve had so many guys nicked up and out, we’ve had a chance to see a lot of players that are on that next tier and going against good players. I think the chance to see them and what they could do and become has really been and will be a blessing for us down the line. In a lot of ways, it’s been encouraging to watch these guys step up and compete. I am excited about that aspect of it. We haven’t even been close to having a whole unit out there, but I think the energy they’ve played with has been good.”

Odds

It’s Pre Season. If you’re betting on this you’ve got issues

https://www.begambleaware.org/

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