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5 Things to Watch When the Bears Play the Chiefs


It’s the second to last preseason game for the Chicago Bears when they take the field Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Typically, the third (or in the Bears' case, fourth) preseason game serves as the final dress rehearsal for the regular season, as head coach Matt Nagy and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio reach deeper into their bags of tricks. This matchup also has Nagy facing his former team.

This will be the first preseason home game for the Bears after playing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and then on the road against Cincinnati followed by Denver last week. Here are five things to keep in mind when the Bears take on the Chiefs at Soldier Field Saturday afternoon.

1. Student vs. mentor

Before taking the Bears job, Matt Nagy was the Chiefs' offensive coordinator under head coach Andy Reid. Now Nagy will get to show his former boss and mentor what he has learned and how he's handling the transition to head coach. This storyline would be a little more dynamic if it was a regular season game, but it will be fun to watch none the less.

2. "Most" of the starters won't play

Typically, the second to last preseason game is the one where the starters see the most playing time, often times into the second half. However, on Friday night the team sent out a tweet stating that will not be the case on Saturday.

Considering Chicago took part in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game back on Aug. 2, the Bears have held the most practices of any team. So while fans will obviously be disappointed not getting to see Mitchell Trubisky and other starters on Saturday, one of the goals when it comes to the third preseason game is to keep everyone as healthy as possible.

3. Roquan Smith may finally take the field

It was originally thought that the eighth overall pick would play against the Broncos last week after finally ending his holdout, but that turned out not to be the case. The Bears expect Smith to finally get on the field on Saturday, provided the hamstring injury he suffered earlier this week isn't serious. Hopefully he’ll be healthy enough to play as his debut is one Bears fans have been waiting for ever since Smith's name was announced as Chicago's first-round draft pick back in late April.

4. Has Chase Daniel finally earned the backup QB job?

After lackluster efforts against the Ravens and Bengals, Daniel played the entire second half against the Broncos last week and engineered the game-winning scoring drive late in the fourth quarter. He will likely get the start against the Chiefs with Trubisky not playing, so if Daniel puts together another solid effort, he may be able to cement the No. 2 spot on the depth chart ahead of Tyler Bray.

5. Injuries are a concern

Aside from Smith, fellow linebackers Leonard Floyd (hand surgery), and Aaron Lynch (nagging hamstring issue), along with tight ends Dion Sims (concussion) and Adam Shaheen (ankle) are banged up. Again, this could be part of the reason behind the decision to not play the starters. Regardless of who ends up playing, the Bears want to leave this game as healthy as possible.

-- Gabe Salgado is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He's also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. He's a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. Follow him on Twitter @GabeSalgado82.

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