ATLANTA -- It's a beautiful day in Georgia for football.
Not like it matters.
The Patriots kick off Sunday night on Atlanta's home turf, which means New England is playing its first regular-season domed game since 2010. Wind, humidity, precipitation . . . none of it matters. Temperature will be the only variable, and that's for the Falcons to control. The Patriots talked all week about the importance of staying hydrated inside the Georgia Dome.
There aren't many players on the field three hours before kickoff. Why? The color guard, made up of members of the United States Army, is monopolizing every single yard while it practices unfurling the flag. Only Julian Edelman is out there, catching passes from a Patriots equipment manager in one end zone.
More Patriots should filter out before long. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m.