In each team’s final preseason game of 2014, the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers will meet at Lambeau Field on Thursday. This game will prove to be a battle between offensive giants, as Green Bay boasts one of the best passing offenses in the league, while the Chiefs will show up with the NFL‘s all time yards-per-carry leader, Jamaal Charles.
On the Packers’ side of the ball, it will be essential for the team’s throwing game to be spot-on. The Chiefs are showing up with a solid defensive squad, but with as many targets as Aaron Rodgers, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn have, the Packers have great potential to dominate the game. The Packers’ defense will have to play without B.J. Raji, as he will miss the season with a torn bicep. Watch for Josh Boyd, Datone Jones and Letroy Guion to see time at nose tackle. Finally, watch to see how much pressure the pass rush can apply to Alex Smith.
With regard to the Chiefs, there are some concerns, but also potential for a huge game. With Raji out, Charles may well have a chance to exploit a young and inexperienced defensive line. Raji was very inconsistent, but he was decent at plugging gaps and added to the experience of the defense. On the offensive line, it will be interesting to see whether they are able to keep the Packers’ pass rush away from their quarterbacks, on top of how much space they can create for Charles. Also look for Dwayne Bowe during this game. Bowe is one of the Chiefs’ highest scoring players of all time, and he is always a threat to make big plays.
Above all, it looks like the Packers have more major weapons going into this game, but don’t overlook their slightly weakened defense and the abilities of Kansas City’s offensive line when making holes for Jamaal Charles.