FOXBORO -- New England has already played at home in 2013, a 13-10 weeknight win over the Jets, but the team's first Sunday afternoon game has the feel of a season opener.
Instead of unseasonal heat stretching through a Thursday night, the Patriots will face Tampa Bay today on some soggy field turf. Saturday night's rain proved stubborn and just barely let up in time for the field lines to get touched up. Temperatures should stay just shy of 70 degrees.
Weather.com reports the current southwest wind, moving at 11 miles per hour, will taper off and move to come in from the west during game time; no trouble for the kicking teams.
Two hours before kickoff, more than a dozen Buccaneers are doing dynamic stretching and jogging the sidelines to get loose. Tampa Bay is seeking its first win of the year.
The Patriots, in their first game outside the division, look to improve to 3-0.