The Kansas City Chiefs played the Green Bay Packers in their final preseason game of the year on Thursday night, falling 27-20 at historic Lambeau Field.
The Chiefs and Packers, who will play each other in the regular season at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 8, both rested starters on Thursday night. The teams did so in preparation for the regular season, which opens for the Chiefs at 12 p.m. on Sep. 8 in Jacksonville.
With the starters on the sideline, Kyle Shurmur and Marcus Marshall led the Chiefs offensively. Shurmur finished 14-of-20 for 143 yards and a touchdown in the game. Marshall carried the ball 14 times for 59 yards. Carlos Hyde, who is fighting for a roster spot, had 8 carries for 29 yards.
Defensively, Jeremiah Attaochu led the Chiefs with eight tackles on the night, including a pair of sacks and three quarterback hits. Cavon Walker added five tackles, including a sack. Jordan Lucas also came away with a big interception in the game.
DeShone Kizer and Dexter Williams led the way for the Packers offensively. Kizer finished 8-of-15 for 77 yards and a touchdown, while Williams finished with 34 yards and a score on nine carries.
Ty Summers made the biggest play defensively for the Packers, returning an interception 74 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
What We Learned
The fourth game of the preseason is mainly about getting reps for players fighting for roster spots. It also shows the writing on the wall for some players in regards to their standing on the team.
For the Chiefs, it was interesting to see veterans Carlos Hyde and Reggie Ragland on the field Thursday night, while rookie Darwin Thompson did not play in the game. Thompson, the 214th pick in the NFL Draft, has played his way up to the No. 2 running position, while Hyde has received fourth string reps this preseason.
While Ragland likely was playing simply to get reps on the defensive side of the ball, it seems Thursday may have been an audition for Hyde to find a home with another team. Hyde has been a great player in the NFL for years, but he just does not seem to have a fit with the Chiefs in 2019.
What is Next?
With the preseason games over, the next step for the Chiefs and other NFL teams will be trimming their rosters to 53 players for the regular season.
For the Chiefs, they will also be scouring the waiver wire for cornerback help on cut day. Overall, the Chiefs are loaded on offense but still need help in their defensive secondary. Look for the Chiefs to add cornerback help ahead of next week’s regular season opener in Jacksonville.
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