Pre-Game: Vikings vs. Chiefs

From Arrowhead Stadium

11:35 a.m. CDT – Both teams have cleared the field and are in the locker room, preparing their final plans and thoughts. Don’t forget, we’ll be back late Sunday afternoon and evening with complete coverage of game as these teams try to win their first game of the season. Come back early and often for details.

11:20 a.m. CDT – Around the league today they are celebrating  breast cancer awarness so you will see plenty of pink on the field and as part of the uniform of the players and even officials. As he goes through the warm-up period, QB Matt Cassel is wearing pink shoes and has a pink towel tucked into his football pants. Most of the defensive backs are in pink shoes as well.

11:10 a.m. CDT – Part of today’s officiating crew is head linesman George Hayward. This is a home game for him, as he lives in St. Joseph and is a graduate of Missouri Western State University. Hayward has been working NFL games for many years now.

11:05 a.m. CDT – Todd Haley is having a long coversation at the 40-yard line with head referee Bill Leavy and line judge Mark Perlman. It’s too far away to read lips but there’s a lot of gesturing going on and pointing to different parts of the field.

11:00 a.m. CDT - Either it’s a very late arriving crowd or today’s attendance will be far short of a full house. Parking lots to the east and west of the stadium that normally are completely full an hour before kickoff are still open. Traffic is moving pretty well into the stadium off I-70. The game was never declared a sellout, but there will be local television on the Fox network this week.

10:50 a.m. – Kicking towards the west goal posts, Ryan Succop just barely cleared the crossbar from 52 yards away. There’s very little wind of any type on the stadium floor at this moment.

10:45 a.m. – The crew of referee Bill Leavy is handling this game. In their first three assignments, they’ve walked off an average of just over 13 penalties a game. They’ve also thrown a large number of pass interference flags, seven in all. Part of that number were several offensive PIs.

10:40 a.m. – The Chiefs have not made anything official, but more than likely it will be Donald Washington stepping into the starting lineup at strong safety for Jon McGraw, who is inactive. Whether it’s Washington or Sabby Piscitelli, it will be the third different player starting at that spot in four games. Remember, last year Eric Berry played every snap of the season at strong safety.

10:35 a.m. CDT – Inactive players for the Vikings today are CB Brandon Burton, S Mistral Raymond,d LB Xavier Adibi, C Brandon Fusco, OT DeMarcus Love, WR Greg Camarillo and DE D’Aundre Reed.

10:30 a.m. CDT – Inactive players for the Chiefs today are QB Ricky Stanzi, DE Brandon Bair, NT Jerrell Powe, WR Jonathan Baldwin, SS Jon McGraw, OL Steve Maneri and WR Jerheme Urban.

10:25 a.m. CDT – CB Brandon Flowers is out and working out and dressed to play today. That’s good news for the Chiefs defense.

10:15 a.m. CDT – Matt Cassel and Donovan McNabb sharing a conversation at the 35-yard line. Ricky Stanzi is chattering away with Vikings TE Allen Reisner; they played together last year at the University of Iowa.

10:10 a.m. CDT – One player who has not yet made an appearance on the field is CB Brandon Flowers. He’s dealing with that right ankle injury and at some point before the game the coaches and trainers are going to ask him to workout. That may already have happened down at the team’s indoor facility, away from prying eyes. We have our prying eyes on the field looking for any sign of Flowers. Inactive players come in around 20-25 minutes.

10:05 a.m. CDT – The Chiefs passers and catchers are going through their normal pre-pre-game throwing session and WR Jonathan Baldwin is again taking part and catching passes with no apparent problems. He’s already been declared out of Sunday’s game against the Vikings, but it appears he’ll soon be able to become part of the offense.

10:01 a.m. CDT – No surprise that one of the first members of the Vikings on the field is special teams coach Mike Priefer. He’s enjoying “Hello, how are you?”with various members of the Chiefs organization. Priefer spent four years with the Chiefs as special teams coach and was one of the most liked members of the coaching staff because of his personality and enthusiasm. If anyone ever gives him a chance to move off special teams, Priefer has all the qualities to be a head coach one day.

10:00 a.m. CDT – Good morning, and what a beautiful day it has dawned at the Truman Sports Complex for today’s game. There’s not a cloud in the sky, and the smoke from the tailgaters is rising in the east parking lots. More of a weather update later in the morning but it appears to be a perfect day for NFL football.


5 Responses to “Pre-Game: Vikings vs. Chiefs”

  • October 2, 2011  - Michael says:

    Thanks, FG’s! We needed this.

    Great job by both lines; game ball.

    Breaston was a beast. Lets get baldwin back.

    Hmmm, Cassel had a few good throws. Well all be.

    GO CHIEFS!!!


  • October 2, 2011  - el cid says:

    Was a really good game, I agree. Never thought Battle would have such an important role.

    Vikings DBs really terrible. When you play a bend, don’t break defense and Cassel makes his throws, the DBs look like chumps.


  • October 2, 2011  - ED J says:

    Hey Bob send message to Cassel continue to play with an edge. He may not be the most talented QB in the league but when he plays with an edge this team has a chance to win. Haley looks like he lit a fire in him on sideline with that rant and since then he played with emotion more emotion than I’ve seen all season. I’m not saying we have a future with this guy because its only 1 game. But he needs continue to play with that fire all season because we have no one else to turn to right now.

    Bigs ups to Tjax on another good game. Him like Cassel needs to do like Haley says and continue to stack good games on top of good games.


  • October 2, 2011  - Michael says:

    I’ve always liked Battle. He’s a tough football player and a good, tough runner. For those who remember, he kind of reminds me of Barry Word but with a little more wiggle. He is always leaning forward to get a couple extra yards. It could be a decent mix with Battle, McClain, Jones and Mccluster splitting duties. I’d lean more towards Battle or Mcclain on first and second down, then Jones and McCluster on third downs.


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