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W2W4: Kansas City Chiefs

8/17/2014

The Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) meet the Carolina Panthers (0-1) at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday night. The game will be shown live at 8 p.m. ET/7 CT on Fox.

Here are three things to watch for in tonight's game:

  • First-team offense: The Chiefs were sluggish in last week’s preseason opener against Cincinnati when the starters were on the field. They produced little, failed to convert twice on third-and-short and committed a turnover on quarterback Alex Smith's fumble. They have a lot of things to clean up in tonight's game. Coach Andy Reid said Smith and the rest of the offensive starters would play the entire first half, which will supply a better sample size to gauge where the Chiefs are.

  • Cornerback play: Ron Parker was horrible in last week’s game, and since then, the Chiefs have gone to a three-player rotation that includes Sean Smith and Marcus Cooper. This game could go a long way toward determining the starters when the regular season begins. Smith, who intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown on his first play after replacing Parker last week, deserves one of the spots.

  • Kicking battle: The Chiefs seem to have a close battle between veteran incumbent Ryan Succop and Cairo Santos and may be no closer to deciding which player they will use as their kicker when the season begins. They have both been very good in training camp, and each made all of his kicks in last week’s game. Succop has the experience, but the Chiefs don’t appear afraid to go with a rookie. Santos’ contract is less expensive, which will also be a factor.