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Game Day!! Chiefs at Pats tonight. We have your Kansas City Chiefs news to hold you over till kickoff. I'm about to throw some food in my car and drive up for the game. Should be a great time. Go Chiefs!!

For the time being, the Chiefs are Palko's team, and he makes the first start of his nomadic NFL career tonight against the New England Patriots.

It's a strange new world for Palko - and for his teammates. They've practiced with him and played with him in the preseason, but there's plenty of uncertainty over how he will respond in real time to his new assignment.

Chiefs Head Into Unknown With Palko At QB from KC Star

Several hours before Monday night's kickoff in New England, Chiefs backup turned starting quarterback Tyler Palko will throw routes to receivers, review passing progressions and take in the pre-game atmosphere that is Gillette Stadium.

On the opposite side of the 50-yard line, Patriots All-Pro quarterback Tom Brady will go through a similar routine. The glaring difference - other than the Super Bowls, Pro Bowls, endorsement deals, media attention and seemingly everything else that goes along with being Tom Brady - is that Brady will be going through this type of pre-game routine for the 153rd time of his career.

Palko's Place In Chiefs History from The Mothership

CBS Sports Video: The NFL Today: Chiefs vs. Patriots Preview

Today: Partly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 40 by 5pm. North wind between 7 and 9 mph. 

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. Light north wind.

Game Day Forecast from The National Weather Service   

You could run through dozens of scenarios for tonight's game and, if they're realistic, none include a way for the Chiefs to win. They're going to need some points against the AFC's highest-scoring team but scored just 13 in their previous two games - and that's with Cassel playing quarterback. The Chiefs are still among the league's leaders in interceptions, but if they couldn't get one the last two weeks against Matt Moore or Tebow, can they really expect it to happen against Brady? On the other hand, we've got several scenarios for a Patriots blowout. Prediction: Patriots 34, Chiefs 10.

Chiefs-Patriots Scouting Report from KC Star

And when Patriots fans are forced to watch Philip Adams and Sergio Brown and Tracy White and Jermaine Cunningham and James Ihedigbo and Antwaun Molden flop around for a defense that is on pace to give up the most passing yards in history, on a team that hasn't won a playoff game since 2008, it's easy to understand why Pioli departing to Kansas City is sometimes viewed as the final blow to The Death of a Dynasty.

Perfect casting. But is it fair? Would the Patriots absolutely be a better football team today if Pioli was still in the organization?

The Legend Of Scott Pioli: Separating Myth From Reality from WEEI

With 295 yards tonight, Brady can set a league record for passing yards through the first 10 games. New Orleans's Drew Brees set the current mark of 3,326 last week. Brady has 3,032 yards through nine games. Both players are on pace to break Dan Marino'sseason mark of 5,084, set in 1984.

Wes Welker Doing His Best To Deal With Injuries from The Boston Globe

If the reports are true that McCourty separated his shoulder on Sunday, it may be unrealistic to think that he'd be able to make a complete return this soon.

If he's not available for Monday night's game at Gillette Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs, then the Patriots know it's just another opportunity for someone else to step up and make a name for themselves.

Ihedigbo: 'It's All About Continuing To Fight' from CSNNE.com

Monday night mediocrity: The Patriots are sub-.500, 20-22, all time on Monday Night Football, but, as you might suspect, they've had success under Belichick.

The Pats are 13-5 since Belichick took over control of the team in 2000.

Quarterback Tom Brady boasts an 11-4 record on Monday night, throwing for 35 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.

Patriots Notebook: Pats Hope To Start Streaking from The Brockton Enterprise

Amidst a backdrop of fan anxiety, the Patriots went out and throttled the New York Jets by three touchdowns to sweep the season series, handing New York one of two losses in five days that dropped Rex Ryan and Co. to .500. On Sunday, the Buffalo Bills lost their third straight game, dropping them to 5-5 as well.

Suddenly, the Patriots head into Monday night's matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs -- the start of the NFL's easiest schedule over the final seven weeks of the season, one in which no opponent currently has a winning record -- with a chance to open a two-game lead atop the AFC East.

Bill Belichick's Steady Hand Calms Pats from ESPN

On the one hand, the Chiefs are about to roll out a 28-year-old at quarterback who's making the first start in a career that's seen him throw all of 13 passes in the NFL and at one point be deemed unworthy of a roster spot in the UFL.

On the other hand, the Patriots will field a defense ranked dead last in the league overall and against the pass, burdened with a patchwork secondary filled with players who are no strangers to the NFL waiver wire.

How does ESPN pitch this one when Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski take the air tonight: The backup quarterback versus the beat-up secondary?

Chiefs-Patriots Matchup Doesn't Figure To Go Down As An NFL Classic from The Brockton Enterprise

Monday Night Football: Chiefs at Patriots (NBC, 8:30 p.m.): We mean no offense to Kansas City or its many certainly excellent sports fans, but we always forget the Kansas City Chiefs even exist. In fact, we haven't really thought much about them since the heyday of Christian Okoye. So there's that.

Okay, Terra Nova, You Get One Last Chance To Stop Sucking from A.V. Club