Sunday, October 20, 2013
Welcome to MetLife Stadium
By Mike Reiss
Pregame view of MetLife Stadium before Sunday's Pats-Jets game.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Welcome to MetLife Stadium, where the New England Patriots visit the New York Jets today (1 p.m. ET):
Weather conditions. It is a beautiful autumn day, with the sun shining and temperatures expected to be around 60 degrees at kickoff (according to Weather.com). Winds will be around 10-12 miles per hour, which isn’t a huge factor.
A feel for MetLife Stadium. The home of both the Jets and New York Giants, MetLife Stadium has neutral-color seating, as all seats are either dark or light gray. This is where the Super Bowl will be held this season, so the Patriots naturally hope this isn’t their only trip here. The logo at midfield is the NFL’s logo, not for the Jets or Giants, but the end zones are green and both have “Jets” painted in them and there are banners declaring this the "Home of the Jets" high above both end zones. There are large video boards in the four corners of the enclosed stadium and the Jets’ ring of honor is visible from the press box and includes past franchise greats Weeb Ewbank, Mark Gastineau, Larry Grantham, Winston Hill, Joe Klecko and Marty Lyons.
Two more players to declare inactive. The Patriots have already ruled out cornerback Aqib Talib (hip), safety Tavon Wilson (hamstring), running back Leon Washington (ankle), defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (right knee) and receiver Danny Amendola (concussion). That means they have two more players to declare inactive, which will come 90 minutes before kickoff, around 11:30 a.m. ET.
Gronkowski a big storyline. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared by all doctors to play today, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus, so his presence on the field today will be a top storyline. We’ll be charting his snaps and will pass them along after each quarter.
Boger gets the call. Jerome Boger has been assigned to referee today’s game. Boger was the referee for Super Bowl XLVII earlier this year.
Broadcast information. Today’s game will be on CBS, with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf on the call. On radio, the Patriots’ flagship station (98.5 The Sports Hub) has the call, and this is also a game that will be broadcast on ESPN Radio, with Ryan Ruocco and Herm Edwards on the call.