The Kansas City Chiefs will play the Philadelphia Eagles at the renovated Arrowhead Stadium on Friday evening. Here are five things to look for in the game.
Running back rotation: Some are calling it a dilemma and, if that's the case, it's a good one to have. Whether Thomas Jones (first team) or Jamaal Charles (second team) gets more carries in 2010 remains to be seen. So far in the 2010 preseason, it's been Charles who's been the most productive. However, Chiefs head coach Todd Haley has defended Jones indicating that he had several big conversions last week. I don't think the rotation here has a whole lot of bearing on the regular season.
Maybe Tony Moeaki: The Chiefs rookie tight end missed the first preseason game with an injury. In the second game, he traveled with the team but was only in for a few short seconds. There's no word on why he wouldn't play. He's been practicing this week so an injury doesn't seem to factor in, although he was injured earlier in training camp. It's time to see Moeaki's debut against another NFL team.
Offensive touchdowns: The Chiefs haven't had a preseason game with more than one offensive touchdown since the finale of the 2008 preseason. That's six straight preseason games (and losses) without more than one offensive touchdown. It's time for that to end and, preferably, it ends with the first team offense.
Pressuring the quarterback: Another big problem area for the Chiefs has been quarterback sacks. The Chiefs, particularly Tamba Hali, have pressured the quarterback at times but haven't racked up any sacks. They need to demonstrate that they've bought into Romeo Crennel's scheme and it works.
Tyson Jackson's reps: Wallace Gilberry has recently been taking some first team reps at defensive end and Haley recently said he's in an open competition at the defensive end spot. That could mean trouble for the 2009 third overall pick. If that happens, it wouldn't be a great sign for Jackson. If the Chiefs give Gilberry a lot of first team reps in the all-important third preseason game, it could mean more time for him in 2010.