KANSAS CITY -- I’m settling into the huge press box at the impressive New Arrowhead Stadium in preparation for tonight’s AFC West showdown (the battle for first place, baby) between the visiting San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.
There is a chance of heavy rain and thunder in Kansas City on Monday night. Let’s hope there will be not a delay for a game that is set to kickoff at 10:15 ET.
ESPN’s Suzy Kolber reported on SportsCenter earlier Monday that rookie Kansas City running back/receiver Dexter McCluster is expected to play. He was listed as doubtful on the injury report Saturday. I’ll update McCluster's situation when I hear something.
Meanwhile, let’s get caught up on some headlines across the AFC West:
Calvin Johnson’s controversial non-touchdown catch for Detroit on Sunday had to bring back some bad memories for the Raiders. Last year, on opening day, Raiders’ rookie receiver Louis Murphy had a similar touchdown play reversed. The Raiders ended up losing by four points. Like Johnson’s catch, Murphy’s catch looked like a touchdown to me.
Meanwhile, Oakland coach Tom Cable is trying to pick up the pieces after a 25-point loss in Tennessee on Sunday.
Several players with AFC West ties are on the initial list of candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.