Chiefs v Bengals preview

Location

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo

Time

US 7pm CT

UK 1am Sunday

Coverage

KCTV5

Game Pass

Chiefs Radio Network

Team Records

Chiefs 0-0

Bengals 0-0

Last 3 games

21st Oct 2018 Chiefs 45 Bengals 10

4th Oct 2015 Bengals 36 Chiefs 21

18th Nov 2012 Chiefs 6 Bengals 28

The story so far

The wait is finally over. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a proper football game. Yes, these games are going to be lots of backups fighting for jobs (The 1s will play the 1st quarter at the most) but it’ll still be sweet to see Arrowhead at night and the beginning of a season that holds such promise.

Head to head

Bengals lead 15-14

Team Leaders

None, because this is the first game!

One to watch

Juan Thornhill.

The star of training camp so far? Apart from Mahomes doing Mahomes things and Hill burning every CB we have, Juan Thornhill has been a one man highlight reel of interceptions. It appears to be a matter of time before he nudges Dirty Dan Sorenson out of the starting spot and we can finally watch a pair of top quality safties at work.

Key Matchup

It’s the first preseason game. There isn’t really a key matchup as such. But the main thing I’ll be watching is Spags defence. How does he balance the need to install scheme while keeping it vanilla enough to not give away good film for opponents to study for the season. How do the new players gel? Who stands out? The road to the Super Bowl starts here and the D needs to be up to the task.

Injuries

No injury report released as far as I can find.

What they said

Head Coach Zac Taylor

“I think they are as good as any team, I do. The defensive coordinator (Steve Spagnuolo) has had great history in this league, so he’ll present some good challenges for us and some good things to see and talk about on tape. They’ll show us some things that we’ll see throughout the year as well. Offensively, they’ve presented challenges to everybody they’ve faced for the last couple years, so it’ll be a good test. On offense, they are one of the most creative offenses in the league. They’re a team that, often times, their stuff is stolen very quickly once it’s been put on tape. Usually when they run something, it’s going to reappear later in the season. I haven’t talked to Andy (Chiefs head coach Andy Reid), so I don’t know what they are going to look like in Preseason Game 1. They’re usually going to run some stuff that gets regurgitated throughout the league throughout the season, and so it’s a good first test for our defense.”

What we said

Patrick Mahomes

“It’s always awesome to get against different opponents. I mean here, playing against our defense the whole time – of course, it’s a lot of fun – but whenever you get to play someone else, you get to fully go,” Mahomes said on Thursday. “It’s live the whole time, so you get to see how guys play under the lights. I’m glad we get to play at Arrowhead, so guys get to feel what it’s like to play at home and how to go out there and excel on our field.”

Odds

Chiefs by 3.5. Why are you betting on this?? You’ve money to burn, donate some to a worthy cause instead.

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