Patriots-Chiefs postponement driven by outbreak concerns only

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Some within league circles have wondered aloud why the Patriots caught a break from the NFL, with the news that starting quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19 resulting in a postponement of Sunday’s game against the Chiefs — a game in which the Pats were a seven-point underdog with Newton in lineup.

But it’s not about giving the Patriots more time to prepare with Brian Hoyer at quarterback, as if the league office would ever do the Patriots any favors. It’s about monitoring the Patriots (and also the Chiefs, given that practice-squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu also tested positive) for additional positives that would constitute a Titans-style outbreak.

So what about last week’s Bears-Falcons game, which wasn’t postponed when cornerback A.J. Terrell generated a positive test on Saturday? If the Falcons had returned any positive tests on Sunday morning, the game likely would have been postponed.

Here’s the other difference — the Titans outbreak hadn’t happened as of a week ago. The constant stream of Tennessee positives in recent days has exposed the donut hole in the NFL’s COVID protocols: The incubation period. Personnel who are destined to test positive don’t test positive immediately, and there’s a chance that Cadillac-level PCR testing, which still has a 24-hour turnaround, won’t flag a player or other employee as positive before he or she begins shedding virus and exposing others, who in turn won’t test positive for several days and may shed virus before a positive test is confirmed.

The Patriots and Chiefs could play on Monday or Tuesday night is no further positives emerge on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday. The Patriots undoubtedly won’t have Newton for the game, if it’s played this week. Indeed, the best strategic outcome for the Patriots would consist of the game being bumped to Week 18, a very possible if not inevitable destination for games that are postponed and can’t easily be dropped into bye weeks.

49 responses to “Patriots-Chiefs postponement driven by outbreak concerns only

  1. What is the exact mental disorder someone has to claim a Covid outbreak in a locker room as “catching a break”?

    Here is an idea: Stop saying things like “league circles” and tell us who the outright jackhole or jackholes are who come up with this crap?

    Pitt/Tenn was wisely postponed as should NE/KC under the same logical approach, and quite frankly the game next week should be cancelled for both teams so they can do a 14 day complete quarantine.

    Every day that NFL decides to whistle past the graveyard, the worse this will get.

  2. The NFL is doing a pretty good job, but they really should have made an every other week schedule to start with. Maybe cancel the inter conference games and alternated AFC and NFC schedules so teams and the league had 2 weeks to deal with a potential outbreak. Obviously, hindsight is 20/20…quite ironic, actually.

  3. Now if the players are isolated from others, could it be a good idea to let a team get it (if they quarantine together for two weeks and then just get it over with. They’d be the safest teams in the league. Assuming they’d be able to stay away from all other human beings during their infection.

  4. Give me a break on the conspiracy theories. COVID is real, once one test positives we have NO idea how many else will, and it is smart – read that…SMART to make sure no one else is potentially exposed. Look at the US government right now.

    There ain’t no amount of Brian Hoyer that with a few extra days suddenly elevates this team. Plus I trust BB to get anyone ready at any time. Just. Please. Stop.

  5. If they move the game to Tuesday that means the Chiefs play 3 games over a period of 9 days. Sounds like an excellent way to end up with a ton of unnecessary injuries. The game needs to be postponed to a better week.

  6. objectivefbfan says:
    October 3, 2020 at 8:13 pm
    Give me a break on the conspiracy theories. COVID is real, once one test positives we have NO idea how many else will, and it is smart – read that…SMART to make sure no one else is potentially exposed. Look at the US government right now.

    There ain’t no amount of Brian Hoyer that with a few extra days suddenly elevates this team. Plus I trust BB to get anyone ready at any time. Just. Please. Stop.

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    These are the same owners who told Goodell to mislead the public for Framegate I and outright lie about Brady for Framegate II, and demanded a draft pick be stolen this summer when NE announced they were signing Newton.

    They’re mentally deranged.

  7. Get this scenario. In week 6 Pats have a bye, KC plays Thurs. Both KC and NE play week 7 on Sunday. Proposal would move those week 7 games to Monday and NE and KC would play Weds between week 6 and 7?

  8. In week 6 Pats have a bye, KC plays Thurs. Both KC and NE play week 7 on Sunday. Proposal would move those week 7 games to Monday and NE and KC would play Weds between week 6 and 7?

  9. Game will be cancelled Monday morning. The NFl IS about as transparent and fact spinning as the white house has been the last few days. What a joke!

  10. Goodell apparently– despite all the resources and models of other pro leagues to review and consider– had no covid plan. It’s astonishing, but then again, maybe it’s not given his highly inconsistent leadership.
    The NFL is flirting with disaster right now and 100% had to postpone this game. It is highly likely more positive tests are coming on the Chiefs and Pats. Hopefully not, but likely so.
    But what is the plan when a couple more teams get covid? There is no schedule flexibility to accommodate that. And it seems like, I dunno, maybe that should be have been scheduling objective #1 when putting their covid season plans in place?
    Lord help us if a player dies after catching covid from a game Goodell had to ram through in order for this “season” to finish.

  11. Whatever Kraft says, Goodell obeys. More favoritism towards the patriots, what else is new. This franchise is the definition of scum.

  12. “Now if the players are isolated from others, could it be a good idea to let a team get it (if they quarantine together for two weeks and then just get it over with.”

    Are you nuts? Do you not understand that even people who have been asymptomatic have shown abnormalities in their lungs and other organs that the docs and researchers have no idea what long term problems this could lead to? And those abnormalities have been found in a substantial percentage of the patient sample that were studied. Also abnormalities in the heart and brain.

    Ie, you could be asymptomatic and have breathing problems, heart attacks or strokes a few years down the line.

    Furthermore its worse if you actually have symptoms. Many people are going to have lifelong problems because the contracted covid.

    This isn’t the freaking flu, a cold, or like anything else that has ever sickened humans before. Its a vicious thing that damages many parts of the body.

    Do you really want NFL football so much you don’t care at all if the players get impacted for life if they get sick? SMH

  13. In the words of Col Potter… HORSE HOCKEY! If it was the Jets or Lions or Bengals they’d be playing Monday

  14. covidiots says:
    October 3, 2020 at 8:37 pm
    “Now if the players are isolated from others, could it be a good idea to let a team get it (if they quarantine together for two weeks and then just get it over with.”

    Are you nuts? Do you not understand that even people who have been asymptomatic have shown abnormalities in their lungs and other organs that the docs and researchers have no idea what long term problems this could lead to? And those abnormalities have been found in a substantial percentage of the patient sample that were studied. Also abnormalities in the heart and brain.

    Ie, you could be asymptomatic and have breathing problems, heart attacks or strokes a few years down the line.

    Furthermore its worse if you actually have symptoms. Many people are going to have lifelong problems because the contracted covid.

    This isn’t the freaking flu, a cold, or like anything else that has ever sickened humans before. Its a vicious thing that damages many parts of the body.

    Do you really want NFL football so much you don’t care at all if the players get impacted for life if they get sick? SMH
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    Congrats on getting your medical degree.

  15. I think we should just declare the Pats winners for all remaining games including the post season because they are goats. Right, Pat Nation?

  16. One player should not be reason to postpone a game. Did the NFL postpone Carolina’s season last year because Cam was hurt? The excuse is ridiculous.

    What did Cam do? Did he break protocol? He should be suspended for the remainder of the year.

  17. The NFL should just cancel their season right now. Do they think this is suddenly going to get better throughout the winter months? They had no plan from the very beginning. I read that the league could have used baseball fields for some of their games, just like what the Raiders at the Oakland Athletics stadium. The real suckers in the end will be those who paid for tickets to attend these games.

  18. “Many people are going to have lifelong problems because they contracted covid.”

    Um…you concluded this based on 7 months of data?

  19. So I am not an epidemiologist or an infectious disease specialist, but my understanding is that the incubation period is between 2 to 14 days meaning that symptoms and positive results can show in that period of time. From what I read the difference between Titans and Vikings infections is that Titans players travel by plane meaning that players and staff where confined to a small space for a relatively long period of time, which was not the case for the Vikings. Same thing happened for the Falcons. Not the question is, will the NFL allow Patriots players to take a plane with the potential risk of maybe spreading the disease? Hopefully an specialist can answer this question.

  20. Bro, your official “Patriots fanboy t-shirt” is not quite tucked in good enough, the fanboy shirt is hanging out a little. Just a quick FYI.

  21. NFL giving the patriots special favors other teams don’t get. Anyone else not surprised

  22. It should be pushed out to later in the season, not just Tuesday…the reality is with the incubation period, you could be placing 2 teams at real risk of a full blown outbreak.
    Don’t be so rigid, extend the season if you have to. The Titans, Pats and KC are not going to be the last here.

  23. Do what ya got do to keep the NFL season going. TUES, WED, FRI, SAT GaMES, ,doesn’t matter, just keep it going.

  24. The players union is 100% responsible for this! The league wanted to put all of the teams in hotels, the NFL version of the bubble, the players union rejected this!! It is still a viable option, with maybe another round of opt outs. Blame the players union!

  25. Im afraid there is going to be more of this as the season goes on. It’s going to happen to more teams. The nba was able to play in a bubble. You just can’t put this amount of people in a bubble. It’s just not going to happen. Glad sports are back but understand that this virus is not close to being over and this is just the start of what will happen in the nfl. Just hope the nfl had a plan and is not flying by the seat of their pants.

  26. say what you want about the league favoring the patriots, NFL can’t have patrick get the vid…
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    hes the new face of the NFL.

  27. unbridledsexy says:
    October 3, 2020 at 8:22 pm
    If they move the game to Tuesday that means the Chiefs play 3 games over a period of 9 days. Sounds like an excellent way to end up with a ton of unnecessary injuries. The game needs to be postponed to a better week.

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    I’m a Pats fan and that’s the right move

  28. So when did cam get it? Did he have it during last weeks game?! If so, then maybe the Waller fundraiser was even a bigger risk than originally thought!

    Peeps need to know!!!

    And yes, again Pats get favors….

  29. unbridledsexy says:
    October 3, 2020 at 8:22 pm
    If they move the game to Tuesday that means the Chiefs play 3 games over a period of 9 days. Sounds like an excellent way to end up with a ton of unnecessary injuries. The game needs to be postponed to a better week.
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    If the Chiefs have to play 3 games in 9 days – and if they win them all, the NFL should reward Clark Hunt by moving the Super Bowl to Arrowhead this year. There won’t be anyone in attendance anyway – won’t matter that Kansas City doesn’t have enough hotel rooms to accomodate. It’d be the best win/win possible.

    Make the risk/reward actually worth something. I mean, it’s 2020. Time to spice things up, break tradition all to heck & back.

    Think outside the box with regard to this entire season. Whichever teams wins it all will have an asterisk attached to it anyway.

  30. PCR testing turnaround is 24 hours? Only If you aren’t using a dedicated lab with sufficient staffing, but not everyone has an empty lab on hand, waiting to do work.

    Sample collection and delivery to lab can take a few hours if not efficient, but depending on analysis technology used (automated vs labour intensive manual sample prep) turnaround can be short as 4-6 hours.

    Source: am a healthcare professional in hospital based practice.

  31. Just wait till teams start testing positive Sat night / Sun mornings before games

  32. Regardless of one’s personal opinions on the current state of affairs, it absolutely blows my mind that this multi-billion dollar business considered it to be sufficient to *obviously fly by the seats of their collective pants on this.
    Is there a soul present that earnestly thought that this season was going to transpire sans issue? Whilst it was inevitable that someone(s) contracted the virus during the season, it’s almost laughably stupid that we’re all scrambling now for some sort of possible solution. Than again, what do I know?

  33. “Obviously, hindsight is 20/20…quite ironic, actually.”

    It’s not ironic, it’s just a strong coincidence.

  34. The Blitz says:
    October 3, 2020 at 8:32 pm
    With newton sitting out it should be a good game to watch…

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    Let’s just hope BB doesn’t have to roll with Stidham

  35. Why do people think the Patriots are getting “special treatment?” How is the league doing them a favor by allowing them to play KC without their starting QB? If anything, wouldn’t it be favoritism towards the Chiefs?

    Regardless, it’s going to be a moot point because the likelihood is there will be a few more positives with one/both teams over the next couple of days and they’ll have to pull the plug. If they couldn’t agree on the logistics of a bubble, they at least should have worked far more flexibility into the schedule to allow for these inevitable situations.

  36. Bill does not want the chiefs to see his game plan and plan on how to use cam against them. He’s gonna save all the good stuff for the playoffs so he told cam to sit this one out

  37. Cancel and re schedule as you did Titans. Come on NFL be consistent once this year or any year

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