The NFL Network announced their full broadcast slate for the 2021 preseason schedule, including the fact that they will carry a record 23 live preseason games. Among the games that will receive a live broadcast will be the K.C. Chiefs third and final preseason game as they host the Minnesota Vikings at Arrowhead Stadium.
The preseason schedule begins in less than a month on August 12 when the New England Patriots face the Washington Football Team. The Vikings-Chiefs game begins the third week of preseason coverage for the NFL Network.
During the final preseason game, home fans should largely expect to see the regular season starters taking a seat while the fringe roster players receive the bulk of playing time in the hopes of helping the front office and coaching staff make their final decisions on who makes the final roster. Decisions for special teams units will come into play here as well, and developmental prospects could make it difficult with strong play to shelve them on the practice squad at the risk of losing them to lesser-loaded rosters.
The Chiefs’ game against the Vikings will be featured on NFL Network.
As for the Chiefs preseason schedule, they visit the San Francisco 49ers in the opening week on August 14 and then head to visit the Arizona Cardinals in the second preseason week on August 20. The final tune-up for the regular season comes at Arrowhead against the Vikings, which could give fans a chance to see Bashaud Breeland as a familiar face.
This season will be the first with 17 regular season games (and don’t forget that we’re likely to see that total rise to 18 regular season games in the next few years), which meant the NFL adjusted the preseason to a shorter slate from the typical four-game schedule in years past.