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Monday, October 3, 2011
Live from Raymond James Stadium

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. –- I’m at Raymond James Stadium on an absolutely gorgeous night. Made it in without much trouble, but you can definitely tell the atmosphere is going to be pretty festive for “Monday Night Football."

The gates don’t open for quite some time, but the parking lots are already filling up. The atmosphere is a lot more like it used to be back in the old days when every game used to sell out. I'm going to go down to the field in a minute to say hello to ESPN broadcaster Trent Dilfer, who I had the pleasure of covering early in his Tampa Bay days.

I’ll be back with the inactives, any lineup changes and anything else of note as it comes along. Also, stop back on the NFC South Blog to join us for the Monday Night Live chat. We’ll start promptly at 8:30 p.m. ET and talk throughout the game.

By the way, we now are less than three hours from seeing Curtis Painter.