Setting the scene: Patriots host Jets in home opener
|09.12.13 at 4:53 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Warm and humid conditions are expected for the home opener at Gillette Stadium as the Patriots battle the Jets at 8:25 p.m.
Temperatures are expected in the low 70s with humidity around 85 percent and a southerly breeze at 15 MPH at kickoff. Skies are expected to be mostly clear at the start but that could change drastically later on as there is a chance of severe weather rolling through the Foxboro area.
There is a 40 percent chance of severe thunderstorms at 11 p.m., with temperatures hovering around 70.
The Patriots enter game shorthanded in several offensive areas, including wide receiver where Danny Amendola is not expected to be play with a groin injury. He was listed as doubtful Wednesday on the final injury report of the week. Also doubtful is Rob Gronkowski, expected to miss his second game as he gets back into game condition.
Eight other Patriots were listed as questionable, including Matthew Slater (knee), Leon Washington (thigh), Aaron Dobson (hamstring) and Zach Sudfeld (hamstring).
Hardly a surprise but Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Danny Amendola not expected to play tonight vs. Jets.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 12, 2013
The Patriots are looking to extend their winning streak over AFC East opponents to 12 games, having last lost in the division on Sept. 25, 2011, 34-31, in Buffalo. The Patriots have also forced at least one turnover in 28 straight games, dating to Oct. 9, 2011 in a game against the Jets. The 28 games is far short of the NFL record of 71 set by the Philadelphia Eagles between 1985-90.
Tom Brady enters the game with a 17-4 career record in regular season games and has beaten the Jets and Rex Ryan five straight times, dating to a 28-14 loss in Week 2 of the 2010 season. Since that defeat, Brady has thrown 13 touchdowns and has been intercepted just once in five meetings. Those five games do not include the 28-21 playoff loss on Jan. 7, 2011 when Brady threw a pair of touchdowns but was intercepted once and held to an 89.0 QB rating, 5.6 points under his career regular season mark against the Jets.
Brady has thrown a touchdown pass in 49 consecutive games, second-best in NFL history behind Drew Brees‘ mark of 54.
Patriots 2013 Hall of Fame inductee Tedy Bruschi will be honored at halftime. Bruschi and Patriots former announcer Gil Santos were inducted on July 29.
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