Sunday, October 17, 2010
G'day from Gillette Stadium
By Tim Graham
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Despite a glorious New England autumn day, traffic on the way to Gillette Stadium Sunday morning was atrocious for whatever reason. So I'm finally in the press box and ready to cover a big clash between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots.
ESPN will have you blanketed like nobody's business. In addition to the AFC East blog, be sure to visit ESPNBoston.com to read the insights of Mike Reiss, Jackie MacMullan and Mike Rodak et al. Michael Smith will be reporting for television.
Check out our "Countdown Live" in-game chat starring Scouts Inc. analyst Matt Williamson, Reiss, Rodak and me.
The Weather Channel's forecast is for a high of 65 degrees with no chance of precipitation. But wind could be a factor, with gusts up to 15 mph expected.
The referee will be Bill Leavy. A review of game data through five weeks shows Levy's crew's most common penalties are false start (13), offensive holding (12), defensive offside (eight) and defensive pass interference (six).
Also of note, since Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has derided Patriots quarterback Tom Brady about whining over too much contact and begging for flags, Levy's crew has called roughing the passer only once, but on other over-aggression penalties they've flagged unnecessary roughness four times and unsportsmanlike conduct twice.