Sunday, September 29, 2013
Welcome to Ralph Wilson Stadium
By Mike Rodak
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Welcome to Ralph Wilson Stadium, where the Buffalo Bills host the Baltimore Ravens. (CBS, 1 p.m. ET)
Weather conditions: It's another great day for football in Western New York. Temperatures are currently in the mid-60s, rising into the low-70s by kickoff. There will be increasing clouds throughout the day, but there is no precipitation expected. Winds will be light by game time.
Monitoring Byrd, McKelvin: The Bills listed two players as questionable for Sunday's game: cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) and safety Jairus Byrd (feet). It wouldn't be a surprise if neither play, but their status is worth monitoring pregame. Otherwise, the Bills have already declared four players -- cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (wrist) and Ron Brooks (foot), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand), and kicker Dustin Hopkins (right groin) -- as out. The Bills will need to declare three more inactives by 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
Rice expected to play: Ravens running back Ray Rice, who missed last week's game with a hip injury, is expected to play barring a setback, reports ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Game-day chats: Starting at 11 a.m., ESPN.com will host a "Sunday Countdown" chat, with observations from reporters across the NFL as game time approaches. Then, once Bills-Ravens kicks off at 1 p.m., we'll have an in-game chat where readers can contribute questions and follow along with in-game observations. Look for links to those later today.
Boger gets the call: Jerome Boger, in his eighth season as a referee, gets the call for today's game.