Welcome to Gillette Stadium
October, 16, 2011
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com
Mike Reiss/ESPN BostonA look at Gillette Stadium from the press box.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Welcome to Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots host the Cowboys today (4:15 p.m. ET):
Weather conditions. It is a beautiful New England day. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 60s by kickoff, according to Weather.com. It should be clear. There is some noticeable wind, which if it plays a factor would likely be more from a special teams perspective than with the passing game.
Coleman gets the call. Walt Coleman has been assigned to referee today’s game. Red Cashion, who was known for his first-down call in his days as a referee, serves as the officiating trainer.
Injuries and game-time decisions. One of the big pre-game storylines will be which Patriots players dress for the game. The Patriots, who have been juggling the roster over the last three days, had 12 questionable players on the injury report -- CB Leigh Bodden (thumb), S Sergio Brown (chest), CB Ras-I Dowling (hip), WR Julian Edelman (ankle), RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe), DL Albert Haynesworth (back), TE Aaron Hernandez (knee), DL Kyle Love (back), LB Jerod Mayo (knee), WR Matthew Slater (ribs), OT Sebastian Vollmer (back), RB Danny Woodhead (ankle). Final decisions are made 90 minutes before kickoff.
Television information. Today’s game is on Fox, which is the case when an NFC team visits an AFC team. Thom Brennaman (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analysis) and Pam Oliver (sideline) are on the call.
National anthem/Color guard. Josh Jenkins, lead singer of Green River Ordinance, is scheduled to sing the national anthem. The color guard is United States Coast Guard.
GameDay program. Patriots receiver Wes Welker is on the cover of the GameDay program being sold at the stadium today.
Scouts in the house. As is the case for most regular-season games, advance scouts from NFL teams are present. The Steelers and Rams are scheduled to have scouts here, as the Patriots next game is at Pittsburgh (after the bye) while the Cowboys return home next week to host the Rams.
Updating the Patriots’ roster with Sterling Moore. Cornerback Sterling Moore, who was promoted from the practice squad Saturday, will wear No. 29.