Live from Raymond James Stadium

TAMPA, Fla. -- I’m at Raymond James Stadium, where only a handful of players are out on the field warming up for Thursday night’s game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I’ll have observations after the game and will check in during the game if anything major happens. I’ll also be keeping eyes and ears open across the rest of the NFC South and will let you know if there are any significant developments.

One quick pre-game note from inside the stadium. I was just told by a Bucs’ official that Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon and closer Kyle Farnsworth will be attending the game as guests of coach Raheem Morris. Maddon and Morris have developed a close friendship and often share coaching philosophies.

This might be a good omen for the Bucs as they face New England. The last time the Rays played was Wednesday. They defeated the Boston Red Sox, 4-0, and Farnsworth pitched the final inning.