5 Things to Watch in Kansas City Chiefs’ Week 4 Preseason Game

Kansas City Chiefs Preseason 2014: 5 Things to Watch in Week 4

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The Kansas City Chiefs have experienced a nightmare offseason. The injuries, suspensions and losses in free agency have set the team back pretty far. The Chiefs have several questions to answer in Week 4 of the preseason, which will give fans plenty to watch for against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.

5. Special Teams

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5. Special Teams

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The Chiefs' return team has been quiet in the past couple of weeks after exploding on the scene in Week 1. Few doubt that the return game will be a major strength for Kansas City, but it would still be nice to see a big return or two against Green Bay. The neck and neck kicking battle between Ryan Succop and Cairo Santos will also be something fun to keep an eye on.

4. Joe Mays' Replacement

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4. Joe Mays' Replacement

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The Chiefs have a new position battle at inside linebacker now that Mays will likely be heading to the IR after wrist surgery. Nico Johnson was the surprise starter at the position against the Minnesota Vikings. Josh Mauga and James-Michael Johnson should also be in the mix for the starting spot.

3. The Tight Ends

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3. The Tight Ends

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Kansas City desperately needs another element to their passing game, especially with Dwayne Bowe being suspended for the first regular season matchup. Anthony Fasano has been a dependable target in the preseason, and backup Travis Kelce has been explosive. These guys need to get involved for the Chiefs' offense to improve this season.

2. The Pass Rush

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2. The Pass Rush

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Granted, Eric Berry has yet to play in the preseason, but regardless, the Chiefs' secondary has looked very weak. The best weapon Kansas City has in the passing game is the pass rush. It needs to be running on all cylinders in 2014. The Chiefs have a lot of guys who can get to the quarterback, and Aaron Rodgers will be a good test.

1. The Offensive Line

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1. The Offensive Line

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Donald Stephenson's four-game suspension for PED use made an incredibly young and inexperienced line even more questionable. Last week against the Vikings, left guard Jeff Allen started in Stephenson's right tackle spot and reserve Jeff Linkenbach took Allen's spot. Kansas City is still exploring options, and they need to figure something out. Alex Smith can't keep running for his life and be expected to move the ball consistently.

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