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NFL: JAN 15 AFC Divisional Playoff - Steelers at Chiefs
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Football is finally back. For some it doesn’t seem like it’s possible. For me it seems like it’s been forever. The playoff loss at Arrowhead stung but that seems like a distant memory. For the first time in over six months football returns to Arrowhead. It may be a meaningless game for many of the fans.

Over half of the current Chiefs roster will make the final 53 man team in September. For the close to 40 players that won’t make the final roster, the biggest job interview of their careers starts tonight at Arrowhead.

Here are some more things to watch for that I didn’t mention in yesterday’s article.

Pay attention to the different offensive groupings that you see. Yes they may play very vanilla on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball but groupings can give you an idea of who they like and what they think they are capable of. The Chiefs will probably run a couple of two and three tight end sets so they can determine what TE’s are capable of running their playbook in space. I would also expect Reid to make things easier for Mahomes when he comes in. Give him a couple of quick throws to settle him down and then see what you have.

Don’t worry about the score at the end of the game pay attention to players that make plays and what the starters accomplish.

On defense expect the starters to start subbing out early. The only thing that really matters from these games is that you stay healthy. Hopefully the Chiefs can stay mostly injury free for the game on Friday night. Don’t expect them to send many blitzes. The Chiefs generally dial back the things that make them so fun to watch in the regular season on defense. They won’t show anything exotic and they will try to let the players show what they are capable of in base packages.

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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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