A really funny thing happened in this game. It was close for a while, and there are surely some people who were convinced that Tyler Palko was an NFL caliber quarterback in the first half. There was a point where he was playing better than Tom Brady, and the Chiefs actually had a 3-0 lead.
But before too many people could brag to their friends that they picked the Chiefs to keep the game close, and that the Patriots were never going to cover that huge spread anyways, reality set in and the Earth continued spinning on its axis.
There was really no reason that this game was picked as the Monday nighter in the first place. Even when fully healthy, the Chiefs are not exactly a primetime team. I suppose if Jamaal Charles was running all over the place this year, and Dwayne Bowe was catching everything thrown his direction like he did last year, then maybe. But these are the Chiefs we are talking about. Matt Cassell was not going to take them anywhere near the promise land, and their affinity for taking defensive linemen too high in the draft was simply too much to ignore.
As bad as Cassell is, it is actually too bad that he got hurt. Because Tyler Palko is painful to watch. He is one of those southpaw pivots that short arms everything and lacks anything resembling the arm strength necessary to get the ball down the field. He is a little more accurate than Tebow, but he cannot do all of those other things that Tebow does. You know, all those good things that he does for 55 minutes of every game.
But back to this game. Rob Gronkowski reminded everyone why he is one of the most dangerous players in the league. The entire league. You read that right. Jimmy Graham burst onto the scene as a potent pass catching threat for the Saints this season, but the things that Gronk can do all over the field are absurd. Maybe he is channelling the power of Bibi Jones, but whatever he is doing, it is working. He has 10 scores on the season, and is going to eclipse the 1000 mark in the next few weeks. All of this for a second year tight end out of the University of Arizona.
How about that Palko character? Still terrible. He obviously had not taken a snap all season until this week, but he is quite is not up to par to play in the league. There are a handful of free agents that they could bring in who would be significantly better than Palko, no matter how much they knew of the Chiefs offense. Trent Edwards would be better. Hell, call up Favre and see if he wants to play. Let him play in Levi's, because rest assured he will be significantly better than Mr. Palko.
Sometimes I feel bad for teams that seemingly have no idea how to draft, no matter how many high picks they get. Glenn Dorsey was taken fifth overall, then the very next year, the Chiefs took Tyson Jackson third. BJ Raji was available instead of Jackson, but the LSU product was seen to have a higher ceiling than Raji. Sedrick Ellis or Jerod Mayo could have been had ahead of Dorsey, but it was determined that Dorsey was the safe pick. Both picks have been disasters for the Chiefs, and they are paying them exorbitant salaries thanks to the old rookie wage explosion.