The Cincinnati Bengals are 100 percent ready to take the center stage at 7PM in their second preseason action this year on Saturday when they play host the Kansas City Chiefs.
The biggest talking matters in any preseason matchup will be about the rookies on both camps. The Kansas City Chiefs fans will get their first look on the newest offensive talents of wide receiver John Ross and dynamic running back Joe Mixon. The Bengals are coming off a spectacular exhibition contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their 2017 NFL preseason opener. While the starters went down to 3-0 last week’s matchup, the Bengals showcased its young core and talented depth while concluding the contest on a 20-3 run. That was highlighted by solid defensive performances thanks to Jordan Willis’ and Chris Smith’ contribution.
Willis is a third-rounder rookie who is competing for a starting job against the other defensive ends in the team. He outshone the current starter Michael Johnson throughout the training camp and thus far into their first exhibition game. Perhaps Willis can become the second defensive end player this franchise desperately needs.
But while the former Kansas State star player is looking to win a starting spot while battling against his home team Kansas City Chiefs tonight. Smith is just looking to secure his role on the final 53-man roster lineup. The former Jacksonville Jaguars lineman was traded to Bengals earlier this offseason for a conditional seventh-rounder draft selection. However, he looked like a star against the Buccaneers, accomplishing six quarterback pressures.
This preseason game will mostly be about getting the professional American football players, most especially the rookies, into game shape. While it’s fun to give 90-man roster players an opportunity to step in the field, the reality is that head coach Andy Reid and his coaching staffs have to get 53-man roster prepared for a very pivotal 2017 NFL regular-season opening game. So if you see some players sitting on the side of the gridiron for all 60 minutes tonight, it’s a pretty good idea of who will be released when final rosters are listed.
This will be the final home exhibition game for the Cincinnati, who will have two road games in a row over the next couple of weeks and they will be back in their home stadium for the 2017 NFL regular season opener.
Here’s What You Need To Know
Game: Kansas City Chiefs vs Cincinnati Bengals
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Start Time: 4:00 PM PT, 6:00 PM CT, 7:00 PM ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
TV Channel: WKRC-TV (CBS Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, CBS (KCTV local), and NFL Network
Radio: (KCFX,101.1 FM local) KC Chiefs Radio StationsOnline Stream: NFL Game Pass will provides you access to live out-of-market 2017 NFL preseason games.