The NFL preseason is much more about players fighting for roster spots than seeing the team's starters get action out on the field. The Kansas City Chiefs will go against that idea on Friday night as head coach Andy Reid explained his starters will play the entire first half against the Arizona Cardinals.
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This isn't something many teams decide to do, especially one coming off a Super Bowl appearance last season. The Chiefs' starters played the entire first quarter of their Week 1 preseason win besides starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He played four snaps and completed one pass for 4 yards.
Mahomes is coming off of a season in which he dealt with a few injuries, so the Chiefs have to be cautious with their star player. The former NFL MVP is looking to lead Kansas City to its seventh straight playoff appearance after passing for 4,740 yards and 38 touchdowns in 2020.
Reid has built a reputation for ramping up playing time for starters as the preseason rolls on over the last few years. He sees it as an opportunity for everyone to get playing time together in order to make sure they are completely ready when Week 1 of the regular season rolls around.
All things considered, Reid knows that the new players on the roster will need more time to get used to Mahomes' cadence. He mentioned that having them hear Mahomes' voice in the backfield during a game situation surrounded by screaming fans will be important for their development.
The Chiefs are -140 moneyline favorites in this preseason matchup, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Kansas City also remains the favorite to win the Super Bowl with odds set at +500.
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