The first live football game of the Zac Taylor era won’t see much of the starters, as they’re expected to just play a series or two, but there are still plenty of storylines to watch for.
Perhaps the biggest will be at left guard, where Michael Jordan, Christian Westerman, John Jerry and Trey Hopkins are in a heated battle that will likely take the entire preseason to decide. The good news for the losers of this battle is all of these guys should be on the 53-man roster, but the same isn’t true at other key position battles.
Wide receiver will be a very intriguing position to watch this week, where Josh Malone is hoping to carve out a bigger role in the offense after a productive training camp. But he’s getting competition from a pair of undrafted free agents in Damion Willis and Stanley Morgan, though those two are just hoping to secure a spot on the 53-man roster before worrying about getting a significant role in the offense.
The quarterbacks will be another interesting position to watch, as Ryan Finley and Jeff Driskel are battling for the backup spot, while undrafted free agent Joe Dolegala is looking to show what he’s made of after a good showing in offseason workouts.
Again, we won’t see much of guys like Andy Dalton, Tyler Boyd, William Jackson and Carlos Dunlap, but those battles for spots on the 53-man roster still make this a very important game.
Here is everything you need to watch and follow the action:
Game: Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs
Date: Aug. 10, 2019
Game Time: 8 p.m. EST
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Odds: The Chiefs are a 3.5-point favorite.
Online Stream: NFL Game Pass
TV Channel: WKRC-TV (CBS Channel 12) in Cincinnati, WKEF-TV (ABC Ch. 22) in Dayton, WSYX-TV (ABC Ch. 6) in Columbus, WLIO-TV (FOX Ch. 8.2) in Lima, WDKY-TV FOX Ch. 56) in Lexington, Ky. and WDRB-TV (FOX Ch. 41) in Louisville, Ky.
Announcers: Mike Watts (play-by-play), Anthony Munoz (analyst) and Marisa Contipelli (sideline reporter).
Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
Replay: Check local listings on the NFL Network and NFL Game Pass.