We’re about 15 minutes from kickoff here at M&T Bank Stadium, and there are about 15 people here.
I imagine a large portion of those who will be in attendance tonight are still out in the lots enjoying their choice beverages and some food, and the weather might have scared a couple people away, but it’s still unusual to see so few people in the stadium so close to kickoff.
As the Chiefs filed onto the field for their pregame warm-ups, we got our first glimpse of Kelly Gregg, Le’Ron McClain and Jared Gaither wearing their Chiefs white and red.
It was especially weird for me seeing Gregg waddle - yes, I chose that word intentionally - out in Kansas City colors and with the No. 77 on his back. After years and years of watching Gregg line up at the nose tackle spot in purple and black, seeing him with a Chiefs helmet on just looks bizarre.
While we’re on the topic of colors, the Ravens will wear their purple jerseys and white pants tonight, while the Chiefs will sport the all-white look - white jerseys and white pants.
The Ravens’ offensive starters will get the individual introductions tonight. We won’t get to see the Ray Lewis dance, although we wouldn’t have seen Ray-Ray’s dance even if the defense was getting the intros tonight. Lewis is not here as he deals with a family medical issue.
Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Cary Williams appear set to get the start tonight, and during pregame drills, Bernard Pollard lined up at the strong safety spot next to Ed Reed with the first-team defense.
Here are the players unofficially scratched tonight for the Ravens: linebacker Ray Lewis, offensive guard/tackle Marshal Yanda, center Matt Birk, wide receiver James Hardy, cornerback Chris Carr, running back Damien Berry, running back Matt Lawrence, and defensive back Marcus Paschal.
UPDATE: For those of you interested in the pre-game intros, Joe Flacco has replaced Derrick Mason as the last member of the offense out of the tunnel.
Wide receiver Lee Evans was the first member of the offense to get introduced, and both he and new fullback Vonta Leach got big hands from the crowd.