PreGame – Raiders vs. Chiefs/Christmas Eve


From Arrowhead Stadium 

11:30 a.m. CST – Both clubs are finishing up their pre-game routines and we are going to wrap up our pre-game coverage. Comeback after the game and we’ll have all the stories from today’s game that you can enjoy tonight while waiting for Santa’s arrival. Merry Christmas.

11:20 a.m. CST – Chiefs injured QB Matt Cassel sharing a few laughs with former housemate at Southern Cal, Raiders QB Carson Palmer. These guys have remained close friends since their college days.

11:15 a.m. CST – Both teams have full squads on the field for warm-ups and it’s unusual there is little or no fraternization among the coaches or front office personnel. Part of the Raiders staff are offensive coordinator Al Saunders and defensive backs coach Kevin Ross. Just as we noticed this, QB Matt Cassel and GM Scott Pioli shared handshakes and hugs with Raiders DL Richard Seymour. Of cousre, all have roots with the Patriots.

11:05 a.m. CST – Kicking toward the west goal posts, Chiefs K Ryan Succop was good from 50 yards away. He did not try a kick any longer than that during his warm-up period.

11 a.m. CST – No real surprises from either team among their inactive players for today’s game. Raiders obviously hurt the worst with three starters out of action: FS Michael Huff, WR Jacoby Ford and RB Darren McFadden.

10:50 a.m. CST – Kicking towards the west goal posts, Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski was good from 53 yards, but missed short and wide right from 62 yards. So far this year, he’s the only kicker who has come into Arrowhead and tried a 60-yard plus FG in warm ups. Kicking towards the east goal posts, Janikowski was good from 59 yards out.

10:35 a.m. CST – Raiders inactive players for today’s game against the Chiefs: QB Jason Campbell, RB Darren McFadden, WR
Jacoby Ford, DT John Henderson, S Michael Huff, RB Taiwan Jones, G Bruce Campbell.

10:30 a.m. CST -Inactive players for the Chiefs today are QB Tyler Palko, SS Jon McGraw, OT David Mims, WR Jerheme Urban, TE Jake O’Connell, DE Brandon Bair and DT Jerrell Powe.

10:10 a.m. CST – Quite a few Raiders are already on the field warming up. Oakland has a double hurdle to overcome in this game – the Saturday kickoff coming a day earlier than normal and the noon start. That’s 10 a.m. on their body clocks. So that’s why they are out moving around.

10:05 a.m. CST – The Chiefs quarterbacks and receivers are out for their pre-pre-game throwing session and there’s nothing unusual about who is out there or what they are doing right now as they run through their pass routes. Injured QB Matt Cassel is out watching the work, as is QB coach Jim Zorn.

10 a.m. CST – Merry Christmas Eve from Arrowhead where the Chiefs and Raiders look like they are going to play under near perfect weather conditions for a December game in the Midwest. The sun is out, it’s a cloudless sky and temperatures are expected to be in the mid 40s for this AFC West showdown.


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