Should the Patriots really be traveling to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs following Cam Newton testing positive for COVID-19 over the weekend?
Some believe the answer is no, pointing to the Titans' outbreak from the last week, as there is no way of knowing if more Patriots will test positive in the coming days. Although, it's worth pointing out to this point there have been no other positive cases.
Appearing on The Greg Hill Show, CBS/WFAN's Boomer Esiason has no hesitations when it comes to the game being played and he would have no problem getting on a plane Monday if he were still playing.
“The way I look at this, honestly, is as if Cam Newton pulled a hamstring in practice and it’s the next-man up mentality. I know we’re dealing with the virus and I know how dangerous this virus can be, but I also think we have to push through wherever we can," he said. "The thing about football coaches is they don’t want any excuses and I am sure that Bill Belichick is telling his team, ‘Look, we will play these guys where and whenever and we’re going. That is just the way it is.’
“I know it’s a hard thing for a lot of people to understand, but shutting down everything and canceling everything is not the right way to go and to handle this thing. The way to go about this and handle it is to contact trace to make sure we have as [few] positive tests that we can possibly have, and find those people that are positive and then quarantine them and shut it down that way.
“We’ve seen the effects of closing everything down and shutting things down and I wouldn’t say over reacting, just being overzealous in our attempt to end this thing. I am glad that they are playing. I am glad they are trying to get through it. I know hat this isn’t the greatest set of circumstances for the New England Patriots. They lose their leading rusher essentially, their quarterback who has done more running than any other quarterback in history through the first three games of a NFL season, and was off to a great start, but such is life during these pandemic times.”
Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. in Kansas City.