Welcome to Gillette Stadium
November, 18, 2012
By Mike Rodak | ESPNBoston.com
Mike Rodak/ESPNBoston.comFOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Welcome to Gillette Stadium, where the New England Patriots (6-3) host the Indianapolis Colts(6-3) at 4:25 p.m. (CBS).
Chillier than last week. After lucking out last weekend with 60-degree weather against the Buffalo Bills, the weather be more seasonal today. Temperature at kickoff will be in the low-40s, dropping into the upper-30s as the game progresses. Skies are clear and winds are light.
Hernandez not expected to play. According to ESPN.com AFC East blogger James Walker, tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) is not expected to play. Meanwhile, the Boston Globe reports that guard Dan Connolly (back) is also not expected to play, while Wes Welker (ankle) is expected to play. Guard Logan Mankins (calf/ankle) is listed as doubtful after not practicing this week.
What a difference a year makes. Things were bleak for the Colts the last time they played in New England, in Week 13 of last season. There was little interest in the game between the Patriots and the 0-11 Colts, who were led by quarterback Dan Orlovsky. Almost a year later, the Colts are 6-3 and led by first overall selection, quarterback Andrew Luck. CBS flexed today's game into their 4:25 p.m. timeslot, while the press box is busier than usual. ESPN will be represented today on the TV side by Sal Paolantonio, while ESPN.com AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky is also here covering today's game.
Parry gets the call. Today's referee is John Parry, who is working his second Patriots game this season. He officiated the first game following the officials' lockout in Week 4, against the Bills. The Patriots were called for just one accepted penalty in that game, while the Bills were flagged three times. Parry also was the referee for Super Bowl XLVI last February.
Scouts in the house. There are scouts from the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets expected to be in the press box. The Bills travel to face the Colts next week, while the Patriots fly to play the Jets on Thanksgiving night.
National anthem. The national anthem will be performed by Ward Hayden, accompanied by Chris Hersch and Paul Dilley from the band "Girls, Guns & Glory."
Color guard. Watertown (Mass.) Police Department Honor Guard.