Pre-Game – Chiefs vs. Patriots

From Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

6:40 p.m. CST – Whether it’s because of traffic problems, all the high rollers being in the clubs on both sides of Gillette Stadium, or everyone is in no hurry to see this game because an hour before kickoff, there are very few fans inside the stadium The primo seats on the club level between the goal lines are so empty heads can be counted. Traffic is still backed up coming into the stadium.

6:35 p.m. CST – Kicking to the north goal posts – the end zone that has the lighthouse tower – K Ryan Succop was good from 51 yards away in his pre-game warm-up. There appears to be little or no wind on the field right now.

6:30 p.m. CST – Referee Clete Blakeman’s crew will handle this game, the first time the Chiefs have seen them this year. On average, this crew walks off 13.8 penalties and 114 yards per game. In nine games this year, the home team is 6-3 with Blakeman’s crew, with the visitors winning the last three in a row.

6:20 p.m. CST – The Patriots got in their own roster move before tonight’s game, activating rookie OT Marcus Cannon from the reserve/non-football injury list. Cannon was selected in April’s NFL Draft out of TCU even though he had been diagnosed with cancer. He’s gone through treatment and New England had an open window until this game to activate him, or put him on the NFI list for the rest of the season. To make room for Cannon, the Patriots released OL Donald Thomas.

6:15 p.m. CST – The Patriots will be without three starters on their defense for this game, as LB Brandon Spikes, CB Devin McCourty and S Patrick Chung are all inactive because of injury. No word from the Patriots on who will step into the starting lineup in those spots tonight. Jermaine Cunningham should handle the LB spot, with Antwaun Molden at CB. 

6:10 p.m. CST – No word yet from Chiefs on who will start at strong safety with Jon McGraw out. Don’t be surprised if it’s Donald Washington. He’s started before this season, but has not been able to perform at a level to keep the job.

6:05 p.m. CST – Sixth-round draft choice Jerrell Powe is active for the first time this season. He was a game-day inactive for the first nine games of the season. Powe is up since Glenn Dorsey is down for today’s game. No word yet on who will start in Dorsey’s place at left end, whether it’s rookie Allen Bailey, veteran Wallace Gilberry or more likely veteran Amon Gordon.

6:00 p.m. CST -Inactive players for the Chiefs tonight are LB Demorrio Williams, SS Jon McGraw, DE Glenn Dorsey, DE Brandon Bair, WR Keary Colbert, OT Steve Maneri, TE Anthony Becht.

6:00 p.m. CST – Inactive players for the Patriots tonight are QB Ryan Mallett, S Patrick Chung, CB Devin McCourty, RB Kevin Faulk, LB Dane Fletcher, LB Jeff Tarpinian and LB Brandon Spikes.

5:55 p.m. CST – QB Tyler Palko was headed to the locker room, but QB coach Jim Zorn called him back to throw a few more passes, these to RBs Dexter McCluster and Jackie Battle. Palko has thrown close to 100 passes already on the evening. I didn’t see all the throws, but most were accurate and arrived with some zip.

5:50 p.m. CST – The first Patriots player to stop and speak with Scott Pioli is former Chiefs G Brian Waters. More than likely, Waters wanted to thank Pioli for releasing him and allowing the veteran guard to catch on with a contender like the Patriots..

5:45 p.m. CST – GM Scott Pioli makes his first appearance on the playing surface at Gillette Stadium and immediately shares hugs with several members of the Patriots coaching staff.

5:40 p.m. CST – Tom Brady is not out throwing early, but backup QB Brian Hoyer is and he’s tossing to WRs Wes Welker and Chad Ochocinco, who is trying to run routes while keeping a rather large set of head phones on his head as he runs. He’s also wearing bright red shoes.

5:30 p.m. CST – A significant number of Chiefs players are already on the field, more than two hours before kickoff. It’s tough for players when they are waiting around all day in a hotel, and then in the locker room. They head for the field. A lot of early stretching and chattering going on.

5:20 p.m. CST – The normal pre-pre-game throwing session is in full throw right now and all wide receivers and TE Jake O’Connell are catching passes with about 90 percent of the throws are coming from Palko.  Head coach Todd Haley is out early watching the session, something he does not normally do.

5:10 p.m. CST – Visiting on the field is former Patriots-Chiefs CB Ty Law. He’s exchanged chattered with QB Tyler Palko, as they know each other from their Pittsburgh roots.

5:05 p.m. CST – QB Tyler Palko first one out early throwing with QB coach Jim Zorn and under the watchful eye of ESPN’s Trent Dilfer.

5:02 p.m. CST – DE Glenn Dorsey was out very early (around 4 p.m. CST) running gasers for trainer Dave Price and testing his injured left knee. Dorsey ran numerous sprints across the end zone. He had a real hitch in his get along, but since Dorsey doesn’t have to run but in a short area of 5 to 10 yards, it might not hurt him. Inactive players will be named around 6 o’clock CST.

5:01 p.m. CST – QB Matt Cassel has been placed on the injured-reserve list because of the hand injury he suffered last Sunday. WR Jeremy Horne gets promoted from the active roster for the second time this season. Cassel did not make the trip to New England.

5 p.m. CST – Good evening from the home of the Patriots here in the woods of Massachusetts. We are 20-some miles southwest of Boston and about the same distance north of Providence. Traffic on Highway 1, the only route into the stadium, was backing up five hours before kickoff. It’s chilly and partly cloudy right now. Temps expected to drop into the 30s by kickoff.

4 Responses to “Pre-Game – Chiefs vs. Patriots”

  • November 21, 2011  - ED J says:

    NOw hopefully Richardson is being benched for Gaither so that we don’t watch Palko get killed on field. And glad to see Powe out there hopefully he can do enough to replace Gregg rest of the season who was just getting blown off the ball all season. Hopefully Gordon is the one that get start at def end he always seem to make plays when he’s on the field. Last would love to also see Hudson replace Wiegman who like Gregg is not doing anything and is getting blown off the ball on offense.

  • November 21, 2011  - Michael says:

    I’ve defended him all year, but no more. We have the worst TE duo in the NFL.

  • November 21, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Why does Cassel keep having Palko throw those interceptions!?!

  • November 21, 2011  - aPauled says:

    cychief are you in Foxborough tonight? Last week we heard that unless you are at the game you couldn’t see or make any analysis of what’s going on in the game.

    As for Palko’s INTs…been all the way back to Week 2 since Cassel did the same (3 in Detroit). Not sure what your angle is…but Palko and the Chiefs gave a gutsy effort, esp in the first half. Needed to play smarter and put some points up when we had the opportunities.

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