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Chiefs at Bengals – What to watch – Locked on Chiefs

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The Chiefs head to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals on Saturday night. Week two in the preseason is when jobs become harder and harder to come by for the players. Training camp practices are over so the team gets on more of a normal routine. Players that have shown well in camp only have a couple more chances to really stick out in games. Week three will mostly be the starters for the first 3 quarters. Week four is going to be all of the depth players fighting for the last few spots remaining.

The Chiefs offense heads into Cincinnati with room to improve running the football and being effective against a much better defense.

Andy Reid has shown a tendency over the past four years as head coach. He spends one of the first two games working on the pass and the other game working on the running game. Clearly the first game was Reid working on the passing offense. That means that most likely this week Reid will work on the running game. It will be interesting to see how the carries are split between Spencer Ware and Kareem Hunt. Reid’s stated that Smith and the first team will get the first half. Either running back could break a good run in this game. The bigger question is does Charcandrick West or CJ Spiller get any time with the first unit. The competition for the third running back spot is fierce and both need to make a statement.

On defense the Chiefs have things to improve on as well. As a first string unit they looked very stout against the 49ers. Unfortunately that is the 49ers and they are not a great measuring stick. This Cincinnati offense is much better than what San Francisco has. Showing the ability to penetrate the offensive line this week is a big step in the right direction. The Chiefs defense needs to show the ability to shut down the run as well. The biggest question headed into this week for the defense is what corners will be available. Kansas City will have a great opportunity to get a bunch of young CB’s time against a good wide receiver group and see how they can handle the speed.

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Chris started covering the Chiefs four years ago. Since then he started the Check With Me podcast with co-host Ryan Tracy. During training camp in 2016 Chris & Ryan were asked to host the Locked on Chiefs podcast. Follow @ChrisClarkNFL for more Chiefs and NFL coverage.

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