After a Week 1 torching of the Jacksonville Jaguars at the hands of the Patriots' second and third string players, the starters are expected to take the field tonight at Raymond James Stadium. That means Brady, that means newly acquired wideout Chad Ochocinco, and yes, that means Wes Welker.
Like the Pats, the Bucs crushed a severely unprepared opponent in Week 1, and are excited for a game that will more likely have a regular season-feel. Coaches Bill Belichick and Raheem Morris refuse to allow their teams to come unfit for battle. The starters will be playing hard and heavy tonight, especially the young Bucs who are trying to prove that last season's success was no fluke.
A few things to note:
- The New England starters are only expected to go for one quarter or so
- Albert Haynesworth, one of the Pats' biggest offseason additions is NOT expected to suit up
- Ryan Mallett, who had a superb performance last week, is slotted as the No. 2 quarterback tonight, not Brian Hoyer (this is not permanent)
- Keep an eye on Pats safety Brandon Meriweather, he is in jeopardy of losing his starting job
The action begins at 7:30 PM, and I will be here all night with game analysis and scoring updates. Make sure to refresh the page to see new posts, as it does NOT refresh automatically.
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