The Kansas City Chiefs will be playing in a high of 31 degrees and a low of 18 degrees on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Chiefs QB Matt Cassel is from California so he's probably still figuring out what snow is and Todd Haley comes from Pittsburgh so you know he's a snow veteran.
"I think that this is what football is all about," Cassel said to reporters on Wednesday.
"This is football weather and this is the nitty-gritty. It comes down to crunch time and coming home to Arrowhead, it is a place that we have played well at all year in front of our home fans. Hopefully that continues and as the cold weather comes in, I think that works to our advantage because coach Haley has done a great job preparing us for those situations. We have practiced outside in the elements a lot and I think our team will be ready."
Cassel said there's a certain amount of mental toughness that's necessary because you start to get some pain in areas you normally don't get pain. Haley, on the other hand, loves it and said if the Chiefs are "lucky enough" they'll see some snow flurries at some point.
"I think it’s part of the American way, the NFL in December, you come out and there’s nothing like cold weather games to me. If you’re lucky enough to get some snow flurries and things like that it just adds to it," Haley said. "Where I grew up you couldn’t wait to go to a football game and bundle up and scream and yell for your team and sure, any time you can play December football at home I think it’s great for us and I know our guys are excited."
I'm like Haley -- colder and more snow is the better. That's the way I was growing up and it's the way I feel now -- except of course I'm sitting in the press box so I'm not exactly dealing with the elements. Still, there's something cool about snow games at Arrowhead.