Patriots-Chiefs game moved to Monday Night Football after COVID-19 scare
The two AFC contenders will now take the field as part of a Monday Night Football double-header. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kansas City and New England will kick off at 7:05 p.m. ET on CBS.
The regularly scheduled Monday Night game between the Green Bay Packers (3-0) and Atlanta Falcons (0-3) at Lambeau Field will be slightly delayed to an 8:50 e.t. kick-off time.
Patriots-Chiefs will kick off at 7:05 ET with full telecast on Monday night on CBS; Falcons-Packers kicks off at 8:50 et, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 4, 2020
The highly-anticipated Patriots-Chiefs showdown at Arrowhead Stadium was initially slated to be played on Sunday at 4:25 ET, but had to be postponed after it was revealed that Patriots QB Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday morning.
ESPN’s Diana Russini previously reported that the Patriots conducted a virtual team meeting on Saturday, at which the players were informed of the current plan — pending negative tests. The New England players were tested again on Sunday, and there were no positives in this round, per Schefter.
The Patriots will fly to Kansas City early on Monday.
The Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers Week 4 game has been rescheduled for Week 7 after an outbreak amongst the Titans personnel this week. 18 members of the organization have tested positive for COVID-19, and the league is currently investigating possible breaches of protocol.
With Newton out, the Patriots will likely look to NFL veteran QB Brian Hoyer to keep up with Patrick Mahomes and the defending champions. Bill Belichick also has 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham, who was the presumed starter after Tom Brady departed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but struggled in training camp.