ORCHARD PARK, NY -- New England opens the 2013 season under overcast skies in Orchard Park. The sun is supposed to come out for 1 p.m kickoff at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and temperatures will hover around the low 60s. A north east wind is kicking up the orange flags atop the goal posts at 11 miles per hour, according to Weather.com.
It's a beautiful day for football.
Buffalo's field turf is pristine. Two hours before the game, more than a half dozen Bills players are outside, doing dynamic stretching and getting warmed up. Patriots returner Leon Washington, who re-signed just Saturday, is kicking up high knees from one end zone to the 20-yard line. Backup quarterback Ryan Mallett is loosening up his arm with Steve Belichick. Most players are in shorts and long-sleeve shirts.
A season opener and divisional showdown not long after lunchtime. What could be better?