Sunday, November 3, 2013
Welcome to Gillette Stadium
By Mike Reiss
Gillette Stadium is all quiet before the Patriots-Steelers game.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Welcome to Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots (6-2) host the Steelers (2-5), with kickoff at 4:25 p.m. ET.
Weather conditions: After a beautiful Saturday in which temperatures hit as high as 70 degrees in some areas, it is currently in the low 40s and overcast, which is what it is expected to be at kickoff. While there was some light rain in the morning, that should not be a factor in the game, according to Weather.com. Winds are around 10-12 miles per hour and could be a minor factor in the kicking game.
Sunday's GameDay cover features Julian Edelman.
Red Sox pregame celebration: The region is still buzzing over the Red Sox winning the World Series and the Patriots are adding to the celebration. On Twitter, the team wrote: "Make sure to get in your seats early tomorrow for a special pre-game ceremony w/ members of the 2013 #WorldSeries Champion @RedSox!"
Seven players to declare inactive: With veteran defensive tackle Tommy Kelly placed on season-ending injured reserve Saturday, the Patriots have to declare the full complement of seven players inactive by 90 minutes before kickoff. Our projection from Saturday takes a guess at who those players might be (sub in guard Chris Barker for Kelly).
Stat of the day: The Patriots are 35-13 in the month of November since 2001, which is the NFL's best mark.
Edelman on GameDay cover: Patriots receiver/punt returner Julian Edelman is on the cover of the GameDay program being sold at Gillette Stadium today.
Coleman gets the call: Walt Coleman has been assigned to referee today's game.
National anthem: Performed by Fran Rogers, who regularly sings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
Color guard: Maine State Police Honor Guard, based out of Augusta, Maine.