Welcome to Gillette Stadium
December, 8, 2013
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Welcome to Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots host the Browns (1 p.m. ET):
Weather conditions: Temperatures are in the high 20s to low 30s and there are minimal winds and no precipitation expected. A cold, crisp day and about what one would expect at this time of year in New England.
Five more to declare inactive: The Patriots have already ruled out right tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle) and receiver Aaron Dobson (foot), which means they have five more players to deactivate. Those decisions are finalized and announced around 90 minutes before kickoff. Running back Stevan Ridley, whose ball-security issues led him to being a healthy scratch last Sunday in Houston, is expected to play, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Mike Reiss/ESPNBostonDefensive end Rob Ninkovich is on the cover of the GameDay magazine.
Faded paint in the end zones: Viewers might notice that the paint in the end zone which spells out "Patriots" is faded. That is a result of six high school state championship games being played at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.
Boger gets the call: Jerome Boger has been assigned to referee today's game. Boger was the referee for the Patriots' overtime loss to the Jets on Oct. 20.
Ninkovich on GameDay cover: Defensive end Rob Ninkovich, who was promoted to the defensive captaincy along with Devin McCourty after Vince Wilfork (Sept. 29) and Jerod Mayo (Oct. 13) were lost to season-ending injuries, is on the cover of the GameDay magazine sold at Gillette Stadium today.
Television switch on CBS: Bill Macatee, who was assigned to call today's game alongside Steve Tasker, had weather-related travel issues out of Dallas. Don Criqui will be on the call for CBS.
National Anthem: Performed by Shaun Soho from the Boston-based band Crash Midnight.
Color Guard: University of Massachusetts Police Department Honor Guard.