PRE-GAME: Chiefs vs. Raiders

From the Coliseum, Oakland, California

2:35 p.m. CDT – The Chiefs have left the field and headed to the locker room. We are about 30 minutes away from kickoff. Enjoy the game and come back Sunday night for all the coverage our fat fingers can punch out for you. Don’t wait for the newspaper, don’t wait for the 10 o’clock news. We’ll have it all for you.

2:30 p.m. CDT – Dustin Colquitt and Shane Lechler conversing at the 45-yard line as their teammates go through the workout.

2:25 p.m. CDT – Jeff Triplette’s crew has worked five games this season, walking off an average of 13.2 penalties per game for 118 yards. A good sign for the Chiefs: the visitor is 3-2 with Triplette’s team calling the penalties. Normally, the home team tends to get the calls and the victories under a lot of crews.

2:20 p.m. CDT – Head official Jeff Triplette has stopped and talked with both Todd Haley and Hue Jackson, most certainly about the end zone altercation that happened a few minutes before. The officials were just getting on to the field when the situation broke out.

2:10 p.m. CDT – It could be an interesting afternoon. Already, in the pre-game the Chiefs and Raiders have tangled. In the south end zone, the Chiefs defensive backs were doing a lap around the stadium and somehow got in the way of the Raiders DBs right in front of the Black Hole. There was pushing and shoving and police officers started moving towards the area. Raiders assistant coaches broke things up, as Chiefs players dragged teammates away from the situation. Then, WR Dwayne Bowe came down and started bobbing and weaving like a boxer. He did it all with a smile on his face, but the Oakland secondary wasn’t laughing. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen that in the pre-game between these teams.

2:00 p.m. CDT – K Ryan Succop was good from 51 yards to the north uprights and 50 to the south end of the stadium.

1:50 p.m. CDT – Still no official word on who will start at QB for the Raiders. Kyle Boller took the first snaps during the pre-pre-game throwing session, but that’s not always an indication of what goes on after the opening kickoff. No Oakland players are on the field yet, while the Chiefs special teams trio is out kicking FGs.

1:45 p.m. CDT – Inactive players for the Raiders will be QB Jason Campbell, K Sebastian Janikowski, CB Chimdi Chekwa, CB Chris Johnson, FB Marcel Reece, G Bruce Campbell and WR Chaz Schilens. That means Dave Rayner will do the kicking duties today for Oakland. Remember, he kicked for the Chiefs in 2007 and the Raiders will be the sixth team where he’s been on the game-day inactive list.

1:40 p.m. CDT – First-round draft choice WR Jonathan Baldwin is active and will play in his first NFL game today. Baldwin is part of the 46-man roster, basically replacing WR Jeremy Horne who had been working special teams exclusively.

1:35 p.m. CDT – Inactive players for the Chiefs in today’s game are WR Jeremy Horne, QB Ricky Stanzi, S Reshard Langford, OT Steve Maneri, WR Jerheme Urban, DE Brandon Bair and NT Jerrell Powe.

1:25 p.m. CDT — Animated conversation going on at the 30-yard line between Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders, Chiefs QB coach Jim Zorn and Chiefs OLine assistant Pat Perles.

1:20 p.m. CDT – Apparently the eternal flame that was erected to honor the late Al Davis isn’t eternally on, as there’s no flame coming out of the cauldron in the upper level, southeast corner of the stadium. One Bay Area wag suggested this week that the flame was actually on wheels so when the Raiders decide to leave town again, they can take it with them. Disrespectful yes, but true.

1:15 p.m. CDT – The Raiders are trying to get their own pre-pre-game throwing session started but it came to a screeching halt when Hall of Fame WR Fred Biletnikoff walked onto the field and the Oakland receiver group en masse jogged over to say hello and shake his hand. Right now all the throwing is being done by Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer. For every five throws they get, rookie Terrelle Pryor gets one throw. Reports at the end of the week had Pryor being active for today’s game, it would be his first. Wonder if his former high school rival Chiefs WR Jonathan Baldwin gets his first chance today as well.

1:10 p.m. CDT – It’s still just less than 30 minutes away from the inactive players being named by the teams, but it looks like S Sabby Piscitelli may be sitting this one out. Piscitelli is out stretching and running with several other weekly inactive players in OT Steve Maneri and DT Jerrell Powe.

1:05 p.m. CDT – The Chiefs have begun their normal pre-pre-game throwing session with QBs and receivers. Matt Cassel and Tyler Palko are throwing to all seven receivers on the roster and TE Jake O’Connell. No sign of TE Leonard Pope.

1:00 p.m. CDT – As always, the first Chiefs player on the field was OLB Tamba Hali. He’s going through his own lengthy stretching program and then works one-on-one with hand fighting expert Master Joe Kim. By the time the team warm-up period begins, Hali has already put himself through quite a workout.

12:55 p.m. CDT – One of the more unusual sites of game day at the Coliseum is looking out into to the stands even two hours before kickoff and seeing red everywhere. No, they are not Chiefs fans; the Coliseum outfits their ushers and stadium personnel working in the stands with red shirts. It’s a Chiefs red as well and really stands out among the black on black Raiders fans.

12:50 p.m. CDT – Raiders head coach Hue Jackson is getting in a morning walk around the stadium, but it’s hard to build up any steam because he keeps getting stopped every 10 yards or so by somebody wanting to say hello or shake his hand. Jackson has become a very popular figure already with the Raiders Nation for his emotion, his attitude and the fact they are 4-2 on the season.

12:45 p.m. CDT – For the last 15 minutes, QB Carson Palmer has been on the field with a receiver and offensive coordinator Al Saunders working on timing throws into the end zone. Saunders is doing a lot of talking and Palmer listening as they work on fundamentals of his throwing motion and the routes the Raiders use in the scoring zone. Not sure what it means, but there’s a lot of coaching going on down there.

12:40 p.m. CDT – Good afternoon from the East Bay where the Chiefs and Raiders will play under near perfect weather conditions at the very imperfect stadium, the Oakland Coliseum. Big crowd expected and that was evident in the parking lots that were filling up with tailgates five hours before kickoff. That’s right at 8 a.m. PDT, the silver and black tents were already going up and the charcoal was already cooking. Game time temperature predicted at 78 degrees and there’s no threat of precipitation.

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