FOXBORO -- The Patriots face an NFC South opponent for the second-straight week but this time will be stepping out of Foxboro and into enemy territory.
The Georgia Dome: A 71,250-seat holy terror for visiting teams.
New England hasn't traveled to Atlanta since 2005, and hasn't played a regular season dome game since 2010's Thanksgiving Day matchup against Detroit. Bill Belichick has mentioned more than once this week how difficult it is to play on the Falcons' home turf.
Defensive end Chandler Jones isn't sweating the trip as hard as some. The Syracuse product has plenty of experience working his tail off with a roof over his head.
"Be sure to hydrate," Jones advised. "That's one thing, playing at Syracuse, I feel like we had the advantage on a lot of teams because they weren’t used to playing in that atmosphere. You can always turn the heat up whoever you are, or do certain thing, but there's nothing like playing in a dome. It’s harder to breathe. So just hydrate, maybe get an IV before the game, something like that."
SU's Carrier Dome has just under 50,000 seats, so the Patriots will face more intense heat and noise in Atlanta than Jones did in college. Still, he knows how a dome team can take advantage of its home turf and will be preparing as such.
"It’s a lot warmer, guys cramp up," Jones noted. "It definitely worked for the Orange. That hot Carrier Dome, that was our 12th man," he laughed.
The Falcons have lost just five regular season games in the Georgia Dome since 2009.