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    The Kansas City
    Chiefs

    0-0, 0-0 Away
    at The Chicago
    Bears
    0-0, 0-0 Away


    Saturday, August 13th, 12:00PM CT
    at Soldier Field

    Chicago, Illinois


    Television coverage:


    Kansas City




    Topeka


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    Stats & Stuff

    Weather forecast:
    77f, Mostly Cloudy, 12mph S winds

    Line: EVEN, Over/Under: 38

    Trends:
    Chiefs:
    Kansas City are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games.
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Kansas City's last 8 games.
    Kansas City are 11-2 SU in their last 13 games.
    Kansas City are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against Chicago.
    Kansas City are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games against Chicago.
    Kansas City are 16-4 SU in their last 20 games on the road.
    Kansas City are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago.
    Kansas City are 8-0 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the National Football Conference conference.
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Kansas City's last 9 games against an opponent in the National Football Conference North division.
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games played in August.

    Bears:
    Chicago are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games.
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games.
    Chicago are 3-9 SU in their last 12 games.
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chicago's last 11 games against Kansas City.
    Chicago are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games at home.
    Chicago are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games when playing at home against Kansas City.
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games against an opponent in the American Football Conference conference.
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games against an opponent in the American Football Conference West division.
    Chicago are 7-13 SU in their last 20 games played in August.
    Chicago are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games played on a Saturday.

    Last 7 Games Head-2-Head:


    Notable Quotables:
    Chiefs:
    "Guys are Hungry. ... Guys are ready to play and I'm excited to be lining up across from someone who's wearing a different color jersey than I am, for once."
    --Chiefs Safety Justin Reid

    Bears:
    "You don't look at the past. You've got to focus on the future and what's ahead of you right now."
    --Bears Head Coach Matt Eberflus

    OddsShark Super Computer Prediction:

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    Injury Report:

    None reported


    N'Keal Harry WR Ankle
    Out indefinitely
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    Depth Charts:

    Chiefs
    OFFENSE


    DEFENSE




    Bears
    OFFENSE


    DEFENSE


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    Game Preview
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    Bills head to KC for AFC title game rematch against Chiefs

    By The DAVE SKRETTA August 11, 2022


    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes passes during NFL football training camp Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes will start the Kansas City Chiefs’ preseason opener in Chicago on Saturday, bucking a trend across the NFL of coaches sitting their starting quarterbacks for the first of their three exhibition games.

    Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Thursday he would stick to his usual routine of having each of the four quarterbacks in camp play for a quarter of the preseason opener. And while he acknowledged the number of snaps could change based on the way the game is going, Reid thinks it’s important for everybody — stars and backups alike — to get onto the field.

    “I think it’s good to get the juices going, get yourself out there, even if it’s a limited amount of plays,” Reid said after the Chiefs wrapped up Thursday’s practice at Missouri Western State University.

    “I’m not saying it’s wrong what others are doing,” Reid said. “That’s just where I’m at.”


    Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks Dustin Crum (13), Shane Buechele (6), Patrick Mahomes (15) and Chad Henne (4) participate in a drill during NFL football training camp Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    “I like to get in there and get hit like, on time,” said Mahomes, who has played the preseason opener every season but 2020, when there wasn’t any because of the pandemic. “Once you get hit one time, you see what it is. Then you’re good to go.”

    Mahomes threw only two passes in last year’s preseason opener against San Francisco before giving way to backup Chad Henne and the rest of the Kansas City quarterbacks. Mahomes had more extensive time in the second and third games.


    Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid watches a drill during NFL football training camp Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    When there was a four-game preseason schedule, he usually played the first three before sitting out the finale.

    “It’ll be good this time to get in there with the new group of receivers we have, all the new running backs, and show how we do it in the game,” Mahomes said. “We’re doing it here in practice but we want to show how we do it in the game.”

    Reid said his quarterbacks will be accompanied by their respective line on the depth chart, meaning Mahomes will play with the starting offense before Henne takes over with the backups. Shane Buechele and Dustin Crum will finish things out.

    “It’s definitely about getting into rhythm. It’s getting into the game, seeing how the clock is running — everything in the game speeds up,” Mahomes explained. “So the guys need to think, execute, show off their talent. It’s going to be important to be in the game and see how all these guys do.”

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    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) and tight end Travis Kelce (87) warm up during NFL football training camp Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    As much as Mahomes wants to see how new wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and second-round pick Skyy Moore fare on Saturday, most of the attention will be on the revamped defense.

    First-round pick Trent McDuffie is expected to start at cornerback along with Justin Reid, who arrived from Houston in free agency. The Chiefs also expect to give plenty of work to another first-round pick, defensive end George Karlaftis, along with rookie defensive backs Joshua Williams, Jaylen Watson and Bryan Cook.


    Kansas City Chiefs defensive end George Karlaftis participates in a drill during NFL football training camp Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    “It’s bare-bones football,” Justin Reid said, when asked what to expect when the playbook is condensed and the game plan largely nonexistent. “We know what you’re going to do. You know what we’re going to do. Let’s line up and do it. It’s a test of wills. This is about giving guys a chance to show what they got.”


    Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Omar Bayless, left, catches a pass under pressure from safety Nazeeh Johnson (13) during NFL football training camp Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    NOTES: DE Frank Clark missed practice with an illness. DB Zayne Anderson (shoulder), WR Greg Jennings and OT Lucas Niang (knee) also remained out. WR Omar Bayless left early when his lower back tightened up. ... TE Jody Fortson returned after hurting his quad earlier in camp. The plan is to slowly get him up to speed. ... Andy Reid said he’s looking forward to getting DT Danny Shelton in camp after the Chiefs agreed to a contract with him this week. The 345-pound Shelton has not been added to the official roster yet. “I think we’ll get a lot out of him,” Reid said. “He’s a big guy. There’ll be a lot of him here.”


    Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Trent McDuffie waits to participate in a drill during NFL football training camp Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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    5 key players to watch in the Chiefs first preseason game
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    The Chiefs hit the field for their first preseason action on Saturday — let’s see who we should keep an eye out for.

    By Rocky Magana | Aug 12, 2022, 4:05pm CST


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    NFL training camp is about assembling as many talented players as possible and letting them fight it out for one of the 53 roster spots on the team. With that in mind, I thought we would take a look at five players who are heading into Saturday's matchup against the Chicago Bears with something to prove.

    These players are either trying to take another grown man's job — or fighting to hold onto the one they already have.

    1. Defensive end Mike Danna


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    At 6 feet 2 and 255 pounds, Danna lacks the prototypical size and length that defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo typically likes in his edge rushers — but the Chiefs saw something in Danna coming out of Michigan that led them to invest a fifth-round draft pick in him.

    To his credit, Danna has provided Kansas City with some productivity coming off the bench as part of the Chiefs' pass rush rotation over the past two seasons. Entering his third year with the Chiefs — Danna has started seven games and compiled 5.5 sacks and 16 quarterback hits. He has set the goal for himself to have five or six sacks in this season alone.

    With newly signed Carlos Dunlap in the fold, and rookie George Karlaftis performing well in camp, Danna needs to show the team that he is ready to take the next step forward to remain as one of the first names called off the bench.

    To his credit, Danna has been working out alongside Karlaftis after practice, under the tutelage of Frank Clark, who has been offering the young pass rushers pointers on getting home to the quarterback. Danna should get plenty of snaps against the Bears to show the coaching staff the progress he has made.

    2. Wide receiver Justin Watson


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    The moment Patrick Mahomes said he called Chiefs general manager Brett Veach and asked him how fast Justin Watson was, Chiefs Kingdom was set ablaze with hype over the mostly unknown wide receiver.



    Since then, every bit of news that has come out of camp about Watson has been positive. Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub went as far as to say he might be the next Marcus Kemp-type player on special teams, which is high praise if you know how much Toub adored Kemp.

    “Watson is a guy who might able to take Kemp’s spot in a lot of things,” he explained. “He’s doing well on offense, which is important.

    “You can tell he’s a leader. He’s not a vocal leader, but a leader by example. He knows how important special teams is for him as a player. He’s not going to be a No. 1 or No. 2 guy, but he knows how important it is to be a guy. He can do a lot of things. He can catch punts, but he’s not a guy that we want to rely on to take it the distance. He’s more of a blocker-type guy for us.”
    The big unknown about Watson is everything. He only caught 23 balls for 258 yards combined in his three years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Watson has yet to play a down in a Chiefs uniform. As a bottom-of-the-roster guy who is fighting for a spot, Saturday should be a good opportunity for him to show us what all of the hype is about.

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    3. Defensive back Chris Lammons


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    As noted by my esteemed colleague Kristian Gumminger, the Chiefs generally keep 10 defensive backs on their roster.

    The Chiefs have historically kept 10 defensive backs on the active roster. After the offseason roster churn, only three from last year are locks to make the team this year in safety Juan Thornhill and corners L’Jarius Sneed and Rashad Fenton. Four other locks include the Chiefs’ marquee free-agent acquisition, safety Justin Reid, and rookie draft picks Trent McDuffie, Bryan Cook and Joshua Williams.
    If you do the math, that leaves three open roster spots up for grabs at defensive back. In the past, the Chiefs have split the count down the middle, carrying five safeties and five cornerbacks each. Last season, Lammons was listed as a safety on the Chiefs' depth chart. However, this year, he has moved over to cornerback, so the Chiefs may view him as a hybrid and choose to use him as both.

    The Chiefs like him enough that they decided to resign him this offseason, despite Lammons facing a possible suspension in connection with a February arrest where Lammons and New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara allegedly assaulted a man outside a Las Vegas nightclub.

    Given the offfield situation and the influx of young talent in the secondary, Lammons will have to outperform his teammates to ensure he is not on the chopping block during the final round of cuts.

    The Chiefs desperately need special teams talent, and Lammons does fit that bill, having played special teams last season, so it should be interesting to see how it all pans out.

    4. Offensive lineman Geron Christian


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    The Chiefs caught a lot of people's attention this week when they trotted the fifth-year veteran tackle out with the first team offense during practice.




    A half a dozen plays later, Andy Reid brought Wylie back onto the field and sent Orlando Bown Jr. to the sideline — shifting Christian over to the left tackle spot.

    Christian has also been getting lots of work with the second team unit in camp, which leads me to believe that he is the leading candidate for the third (swing) tackle spot, to come in and pinch hit in case of injury.

    With Lucas Niang on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, the Chiefs will also be keeping their eye on how Roderick Johnson, Prince Tega Wanogho and rookie Darian Kinnard perform.

    This is Christian's moment to solidify his position as the backup tackle on the roster and possibly push Andrew Wylie for the starting job. If he has a strong outing, he could force the coaches into giving him more first-team reps.

    5. QB Shane Buechele


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    The second-year quarterback spent his entire first season on the Chiefs practice squad. However, if you remember, Buechele had some bright moments last preseason, namely in the third preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. He completed 20 of 33 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns in limited work.

    In November of last season, when the Arizona Cardinals attempted to poach Buechele off the Chiefs' practice squad, the Chiefs responded by promoting Buechele to the active 53-man roster.




    The truth is that Chiefs incumbent backup quarterback Chad Henne is 37 years old and in the twilight of his career. Andy Reid likes to have a veteran he can trust to manage the game if his star quarterback goes down, but if Buechele lights up the scoreboard this weekend, Big Red could be pressed to make a move for the future and keep the younger player as a backup.
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