Sunday Pre-Game – Chiefs vs. Jets


From MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

10:50 a.m. CST – P Dustin Colquitt is chatting up Jets punter T.J. Conley, I’m sure to see if he can pick up any tips on the winds inside the stadium since this is the Chiefs first visit to this building. There is wind outside the stadium, but no evidence of any problems on the playing surface.

10:45 a.m. CST – Former Chiefs player personnel director Terry Bradway is on the field enjoying conversation with some familiar faces. Bradway is not the senior personnel executive with the Jets. He helps coordinate the team’s draft preparations each year.                                                   

10:40 a.m. CST – No surprises with the inactive list for the Chiefs today. With the Jets, they will be without RB-Kick returner Joe McKnight. That’s a big loss for New York. He’s out because of a right elbow injury that he’s been battling for several weeks. Replacing him however, is CB Antonio Cromartie, who is no slouch in returning kicks and punts.

10:35 a.m. CST – Inactive players for the Jets today are QB Kevin O’Connell, WR Eron Riley, RB Joe McKnight, CB Ellis Lankster, DE Mike DeVito, OT Austin Howard and DT Kenrick Ellis.

10:30 a.m. CST – Inactive players for the Chiefs today are QB Kyle Orton, WR Jeremy Horne, S Donald Washington, OT David Mims, TE Jake O’Connell, DE Brandon Bair and DT Jerrell Powe.

10:25 a.m. CST – Todd Haley and Tom Moore now enjoying a conversation at the 25-yard line, with Jim Zorn in the mix as well. The throwing session has ended although Ricky Stanzi is throwing a few extra balls to TEs Jake O’Connell and Anthony Becht.

10:20 a.m. CST – A lot of the Chiefs are out early this morning; probably half of the game day roster is on the field doing something right now to warm-up. They usually aren’t out in these numbers when it’s still 90 minutes ahead of kickoff.  One reason may be the artificial turf, which they see so infrequently as a game surface.

10:15 a.m. CST – At the 50-yard line enjoying a conversation are Jets offensive consultant Tom Moore and Chiefs assistant offensive line coach Pat Perles. Moore coached for many years with Perles’ father George with the Steelers. Todd Haley has talked about how Moore was the guy who would give him a ride to the stadium for home games because he lived in the same neighborhood as the Haleys; well, the other guy in the backseat was Pat Perles.

10:10 a.m. CST – RB Dexter McCluster is out early and running routes from wide receiver positions in the pre-pre-game warm-up period. Might be an indication we’ll see more plays in this game where McCluster is set out wide.

10:05 a.m. CST – The Chiefs QBs and receivers have begun their pre-pre-game throwing session and Kyle Orton is not taking part, a pretty clear indication that he’ll be inactive today. Ricky Stanzi is throwing with Tyler Palko, and Stanzi has his uniform pants on and he’s wearing his game shoes. Orton is off to the side talking with QB coach Jim Zorn. Also on the field is Matt Cassel.

10:01 a.m. CST – The weather report for game time is sunny skies, with a high temperature near 40 degrees. The winds are from the north, blowing between 6 and 10 miles per hour. As the day goes on, the wind will turn and come from the west. No precipitation expected or predicted. Right now it’s 34 degrees, with the wind chill making it feel like 30 degrees.

10 a.m. CST – Good morning from the Meadowlands, where the sun has come up on what looks like a beautiful day here in the swamps of Jersey. It’s cold and as there always a wind of some kind. The stadium is built up to the point where it’s hard to tell if the wind will be much of a factor on the field, but there are some spots in the end zones under the upper deck that are open. The wind used to be a major factor at the old stadium, but this building is so much bigger. By the way Giants Stadium as it was called is completely gone. It’s now a parking lot.

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