JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Welcome to EverBank Field, where the Patriots visit the Jaguars (CBS, 1 p.m.):
Weather conditions. It is cool for Northern Florida, with current temperatures in the low 40s and expected to rise into the mid-to-high 50s by kickoff. It is sunny, with mostly clear skies and there is hardly any wind. A nice day for football (Weather.com link).
A feel for EverBank Field. The Patriots have fond memories of this stadium, which is now named EverBank Field (a change made in 2010), as it is where they defeated the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX. The seats are all teal and it is a natural grass surface. The stadium can hold more than 82,000 (they fill it for the annual Florida-Georgia game), but the Jaguars put tarps in certain sections for a more manageable capacity of 67,246. For a comparison, Gillette Stadium has a capacity of 68,756.
Patriots create additional 3,500 tickets. The Jaguars have removed tarps in sections three times this season, creating additional tickets for games against the Bears (600), Jets (1,200) and Patriots (3,500). This is a reflection of how Patriots fans support the team on the road.
A reminder of Jaguars’ youth. The Jaguars played their first season in 1995, making them one of the youngest NFL franchises. A “Jaguar” greets fans as they enter EverBank Field on one side, and there a plaque that reads: “TOUCHDOWN: Dedicated to the citizens of Jacksonville … DREAMS DO COME TRUE.”
Four more inactive players for Patriots. Tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (knee) and linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee/ankle) have already been ruled out for the game. The Patriots must declare four more players out, decisions that must be finalized by 90 minutes before kickoff.
Patriots to wear road white jerseys. As they usually do on the road, the Patriots will be in their white jerseys today.
Triplette gets the call. Jeff Triplette is assigned to referee today’s game.