Pre-Game – Chiefs vs. Chargers

From Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

No surprises among Chiefs inactives today, but San Diego will be without TE Antonio Gates who is inactive. Details below.

1:05 p.m. CST – Good afternoon from sunny – very sunny – southern California. It’s going to be a warm day for the biggest game in years for the Chiefs. Not trying to rub it in or anything for all those stuck in the frigid Midwest. But the skies are clear, as you can see by the picture to the left taken this morning. That’s not always the case in San Diego, where the haze they call the marine layer always seems to be present. Current temperature is 77 degrees. No word on what the wind chill might be. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

1:10 p.m. – Chiefs QBs and receivers just getting their normal pre-pre-game throwing session started. They are starting late because of the 3:15 p.m. kickoff.

1:12 p.m. – FS Kendrick Lewis is out early and dressed to play. Lewis has missed time with a variety of injuries and there’s no question they are a better defense when he’s on the field.

1:15 p.m. – WR Chris Chambers is on the field taking part in the throwing session. He’s dressed like he’ll be active today. He was a healthy scratch last Sunday against Denver.

1:19 p.m. – Out early watching Brodie Croyle throw is Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. He stopped early to talk with Thomas Jones – they together at the Chicago Bears for a few years.

1:21 p.m. – OL Rudy Niswanger out early working out; looks like he will be inactive again today.

1:28 p.m – A lot of Chiefs are out early, enjoying the great weather and watching games on the Qualcomm Stadium scoreboard, where it’s tuned to the red-zone channel.

1:30 p.m. – Early inactive predictions for the Chiefs, and I repeat, these are guesses – QB Matt Cassel, OL Rudy Niswanger, S Reshard Langford, LB Charlie Anderson, DT Anthony Toribio, CB Mike Richardson and two more.

1:35 p.m. – Walt Anderson and his crew will work the game. The Chiefs have not seen them this season. Anderson’s team is among the crews that throws the fewest flags in the league, ranking right around 10 per game.

1:40 p.m. – Chiefs pre-pre-game throwing session is over and the quarterbacks and receivers are headed back to the locker room. One thing they worked on for several minutes was a quick slant pass to WR Dwayne Bowe in the end zone. The ball comes out hot on that throw and Bowe had trouble holding on to several of the throws.

1:45 p.m – Chiefs inactives for today: QB Matt Cassel, DB Donald Washington, CB Mike Richardson, FB Tim Castille, LB Corey Mays, LB Charlie Anderson, OL Rudy Niswanger and DT Anthony Toribio.

1:46 p.m. – Chargers inactives for today: WR Patrick Crayton, WR Legedu Naanee, S Darrell Stuckey, S Tyrone Carter, RB Curtis Brinley, G Louis Vasquez, TE Antonio Gates and DL Travis Johnson.

1:49 p.m. – Chiefs may not have their starting quarterback, but Chargers are really hurting when it comes to receivers for QB Philip Rivers with Crayton, Naanee and Gates out of the action. That should move Randy McMichael into the starting lineup at TE and Seyi Ajirotutu at WR for Naanee. Also out is San Diego’s starting RG Vasquez.

1:55 p.m. – This game has attracted a lot of national media types as representatives of Sports Illustrated,,, and are in the house.

1:57 p.m. – Only Chiefs currently on the field are the specialists, as Ryan Succop, Dustin Colquitt and Thomas Gafford exchange pleasantries with their Chargers counterparts.

1:59 p.m. – Todd “Hop Along” Haley has made an early appearance on the field, as he’s walked over to speak with Norma Hunt and his wife Kristy who has made the trip. the Hunt sons are in full attendance as well.

2:00 p.m. – The stadium gates have opened and as usually happens here in southern California, the first people into Qualcomm are all wearing red. Since this is the Chiefs only visit to this part of the country, there are always a lot of red and gold fans in the stands. It’s no different today as red shirts are all over the place.

2:05 p.m. – Kicking towards the northwest goal posts, Succop was strong from 53 yards. He hit the bottom of the stands on the fly, giving him another five-plus yards.

2:12 p.m. – Chargers just announced that Vincent Jackson will start at WR for Legedu Naanee. Plus, they are listing Naanee as the team’s third quarterback, meaning he could play, however if he does, Philip Rivers and Billy Volek cannot return to the game. Starting at RG for Vasquez will be Tyronne Green.

2:30 p.m. – Both teams on the field in their pre-game routines. The playing surface here at Qualcomm is in great shape. It was recently resodded and appears to be a fast track. I mean, if you can’t grow grass in San Diego, then you can’t grow grass. Generally come December the field is chewed up pretty good becauses of high school and college games played in the building. But today it looks good.

Enjoy the game. Stay warm. Remember, we will be pumping in stories throughout the evening from this game so come back often to see what’s new.

8 Responses to “Pre-Game – Chiefs vs. Chargers”

  • December 12, 2010  - David says:

    Bob, enjoy sunny CA. Just help our guys bring it home. Wish I was there but I’ll live it through your eyes.

  • December 12, 2010  - Petey says:


    With all due respect from beautiful South Dakota…stick it in your ear!

  • December 12, 2010  - bhive01 says:

    Ditto from videoless, cold, dark, England.

  • December 12, 2010  - bhive01 says:


  • December 12, 2010  - Edward says:

    Key to the game Chiefs must unleash pressure on Rivers and be physical with Chargers receivers. Also must continue to do a good job stopping run game. OFfensively Croyle need take care of ball, heavy dose of run game, and take your shots downfield when its there. Would be good day for special teams to make some plays for Chiefs today both in return and coverage.

  • December 12, 2010  - el cid says:

    It is half time and it looks like the Chiefs decided to go sailing insted of playing football. Nothing on offense, did we expect much else? Defense is looking real good. Lewis actually make a tackle with his back, our two MLB look like road kill, and of course, any pass from Rivers about 3-6 yards and there is not a pass defender in camera shot.

    But we have the second half. Crennel may consider playing some defense that does not give SD the first 8 yard free. Does anyone out there think Croyle can make up a 21 point deficit? Turn out the lights the party is over for this sunday.

  • December 12, 2010  - Kiowa says:

    Brutal display of football.

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