NASHVILLE -- Welcome to LP Field, where the Patriots kick off their regular season against the Tennessee Titans (1 p.m. EST/noon local time; CBS).
Patriots luck out with weather. The current temperature is 59 degrees, and humidity is fairly low (dew point of 55 degrees). Winds are calm. Temperatures are expected to rise into the mid-70s by game time. There is no precipitation in the forecast. The weather in Nashville had been hot and humid in recent days, so the Patriots lucked out with the weather today.
Feel for the stadium. Opened in 1999, LP Field is on the opposite bank of the Cumberland River from downtown Nashville. The stadium is open at both end zones, with some local flavor for concessions (Jack Daniels Bar-B-Que & Logan's Roadhouse). The seats are blue in the lower and upper level, and red in the mezzanine. There is "Titans Code Blue" written into the seats in white. The surface is natural grass, which looks to be in good condition.
Throughout the stadium there are photos of some of the team's greats, whose retired numbers also adorn the corners of the stadium (Warren Moon, Bruce Matthews, Mike Munchak, Steve McNair, Frank Wycheck, Eddie George, Earl Campbell, Elvin Bethea, Ken Houston, Mike Holovak, Bud Adams, Jim Norton, and George Blanda).
Four more inactives. The Patriots have already downgraded three players to out for today's game: RB Shane Vereen (foot), CB Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring), and Nick McDonald (shoulder). They must deactivate another four players by 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Among the likely options for those spots are DE Jake Bequette and DT Marcus Forston.
Frump gets the call. Replacement official Jerry Frump, who officiated the Patriots' preseason Monday Night Football contest with the Eagles, got the nod for today's game.
CBS broadcast. Today’s game will be called by Jim Nantz (play by play) and Phil Simms (analysis).
Scouts in the house. There are advance scouts from the Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers in the press box. That's standard operating procedure, as the Patriots host the Cardinals and the Titans fly to San Diego next week.