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Pre-gaming at New Meadowlands Stadium

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Pre-gaming at New Meadowlands Stadium

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- What home-opener loss?

In the parking lot of New Meadowlands Stadium, last week's 10-9 bomb dropped by the Ravens was dead and buried for the tailgating Jets fans. Either their memories are short or were thankfully blurred by gallons of beer on Sunday.

The lots were littered with canopies, tents and even a tiki hut covering some jersey-clad fans from the sun. Those in the heat were cornholing shirtless. One guy, leaned back against an open trunk said, "Hey, you guys taking notes? Take this note, tell them to shut off that stupid siren.''

But who's going to tell an 11-year old to throttle back on game day?
Bobby, a kid whose youth was magnified by the Sanchez jersey he proudly wore, was the source of the siren. He was in charge of the family tailgating van this Sunday. While the adults congregated around the back doors, Bobby remained inside and manned the CB radio mic with pride, announcing, "It's Go Time!" to everyone in earshot. Which gave him at least a couple miles of audience.
And some of them were Patriots fans.

Mark Charniga of Lancaster, PA, is one of them.

"Came 34 hours. My buddy here is a Jets fans. I haven't missed a Boston . . . listen to me, Boston Patriots . . . '' he laughed. "I haven't missed a Patriots game here in 20 years, thanks to him.'' "He's a nice guy like that,'' Charniga added.
Clearly, it's the magnitude of the match up and the friendship that made the trip worthwhile.

"It's a rivalry game,'' he said. "It's like the Giants playing the Cowboys, the Oakland Raiders playing the Kansas City Chiefs. All divisional games are big. I think he's a jerk.'' Mark's buddy, Don Somerville, didn't seem like much of a jerk. Just a Jets fan ready for game day.
"No, we don't argue. It's a big game for both teams. You talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk,'' he said. "But what I think is interesting is Danny Woodhead going to New England, I guess its payback for last year when the Jets took Kevin O'Connell.''

The hostility was feigned at best between these two. In fact, most of the tailgating crowd seemed happy enough to revel in the brand new stadium and a brand new season. The scene was a departure from the bitterness of 2000, when fans hung Belichick in effigy and Bledsoe was mocked in mannequined-drag.

Are these really happier, more mellow Jets fans? Unfazed by a Week 1 loss and not hostile toward the visiting Patriots? I'd put my money on the beer.

Mary Paoletti can be reached at mpaoletti@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Mary on Twitter at http:twitter.comMary_Paoletti

In a surprise move, Chiefs sign Darrelle Revis

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In a surprise move, Chiefs sign Darrelle Revis

KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Chiefs needed help in their leaky defensive backfield.

Darrelle Revis was ready to provide it.

So the AFC West leaders signed the seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback on Wednesday, a surprising midseason move involving a big-name player. Revis played for the New York Jets last season, but his massive salary cap number combined with a decline in performance led to his release in late February.

Still, the Chiefs were desperate to find a cornerback to play opposite Marcus Peters. Terrence Mitchell, Kenneth AckerSteven Nelson and Phillip Gaines have all failed to hold down the spot.

"He's ready to go now," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said in a conference call with reporters. "He was coming off the wrist (injury) and that he had last year, you know - this is when he was ready to go. We felt the same way. So it was a nice, mutual agreement that took place and here we are."

Reid did not rule out Revis playing Sunday against Buffalo, either.

Four days is typically a quick turnaround for a player to get acclimated to a team, especially one that hasn't played a snap since the end of last season. But Revis has a few things going for him: He has a vast amount of experience from which to draw, he is already familiar with defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's system having played for him with the Jets, and the Chiefs really have nothing to lose.

They enter the game with the 28th-ranked pass defense in the league, hemorrhaging more than 250 yards per game. That includes a 417-yard performance by Oakland's Derek Carr a few weeks ago.

"We've had some young guys trying their hearts out and doing a nice job for us, too," Reid said. "It's a win-win. You get a veteran guy and you have some young guys that will continue to grow."

Perhaps coincidentally, the Chiefs visit the Meadowlands to face the Jets on Dec. 3.

Revis at one point was considered the best cornerback in the league, picking off 29 passes over 10 seasons with the Jets, Buccaneers and Patriots. He won a Super Bowl ring with New England.

He parlayed that into a five-year, $39 million contract to return to the Jets, but a wrist injury slowed him down a couple of years ago. Revis struggled most of last season, looking as if the 32-year-old had lost a step for the first time, and the Jets made the decision to let him go.

He's spent the past summer and fall keeping in shape.

"He's been around awhile. He looks great physically," Reid said, "but time does that, time will take a step away from you. But he's a smart guy, knows how to play the game and that becomes important at this point in his career. I'm not telling you he can't still run, he can run."

Good enough to help the Chiefs (6-4), who had dropped four of their past five?

"Darrelle is a proven player in this league and we are excited to add him," first-year Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in a statement. "He's had a Hall of Fame career and his leadership and playing experience will be valuable to our defense."

That may be where he is most beneficial: His experience. The Chiefs have little veteran presence in their secondary after safety Eric Berry was lost to a season-ending injury.

"You're talking about one of the all-time great players at that position," Reid said. "It's just a matter of getting him back in the swing of things and seeing where he's at. He's excited to be here. We are excited to have him. I would think his role would be to step in and be a starter."

Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Tom Brady sits out with Achilles injury

Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Tom Brady sits out with Achilles injury

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski both sat out of the entirety of Wednesday's practice at Gillette Stadium. 

Brady is dealing with an Achilles injury, per the injury report released by the Patriots. The Boston Herald has reported that Brady will play despite the issue. It's unclear when exactly Brady suffered the injury, but Brady was hit low by Raiders pass-rusher Khalil Mack in the fourth quarter on Sunday, and Mack was called for a roughing-the-passer penalty.

Gronkowski, like teammate David Andrews, is dealing with an illness. Patrick Chung, who left Sunday's game briefly, has an ankle issue. 

Here's the full injury report for both the Patriots and Dolphins . . . 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
C David Andrews (illness)
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
TE Marellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)

MIAMI DOLPHINS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)
DE William Hayes (back)
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)

FULL PARTICIPATION
RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)