Getting ready for the game
The Patriots host the Panthers today at Gillette Stadium. The game begins at 1 p.m.
- Watch Patriots Pregame Live at 11 a.m. with Michael Felger, Charlie Weis, Bert Breer, Troy Brown and DJ Bean in Burlington, and Tom E. Curran, Mike Giardi, Phil Perry and Dr. Jessica Flynn in Foxboro.
- As soon as the second quarter ends, watch Halftime Live.
- When the game ends, watch Patriots Postgame Live.
Tune into CSN to watch, or click here for the livestream of the shows (and all CSN programming).
Here's what you need to know about the game . . .
WHERE AND WHEN TO WATCH (OR LISTEN)
GAME TIME: 1 p.m.
SITE: Gillette Stadium
TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 2-1, Panthers 2-1
ON TV: FOX
TV ANNOUNCERS: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
ON LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub Patriots Radio Network
LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci, Scott Zolak
NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Adam Amin, Chris Canty
FACTS AND FIGURES
ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Tied, 3-3
LAST MEETING: Panthers 24, Patriots 20 on Nov. 18, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte
FALL GUYS: The Patriots are 53-17 in the month of October since 2000, and are 30-5 at home in that span.
DID YOU KNOW: The Patriots and Panthers are two of only three NFL teams not named for a specific city or state. The other is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whom the Pats will play Thursday night.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
-- Tom Brady has 185 regular-season victories as Patriots quarterback, the third-most QB wins in NFL history. If the Pats win today he will tie Peyton Manning and Brett Favre, who are tied for first at 186.
-- If Rob Gronkowski has a 100-yard receiving game today, he will move into sole possession of second place on the NFL's all-time list of 100-yard games by tight ends. He is currently tied with Kellen Winslow at 24. Tony Gonzalez is first overall with 31.
-- Stephen Gostkowski is currently 21st in NFL history in total points scored with 1,482. He needs 30 more to reach the top 20.
Tom E. Curran's preview
Both of these teams are 2-1 but the Panthers are a very unhealthful 2-1. Their wins were 23-3 over San Fran and 9-3 over Buffalo and they lost 34-13 to the Saints last week. Cam Newton threw two passes in preseason as he came back from shoulder surgery he delayed all offseason that cost him his prep. He’s thrown two touchdowns and four picks in the first three games and Carolina’s managed just three TD. The Patriots have a quick turnaround this week with a Thursday game in Tampa. Having a drama-free Sunday in October would do them well.
Braving the elements
Today's forecast: Lots of sunshine. Highs in the 60s.
Tonight: Mostly clear and chilly. Lows in the 30s and 40s in the suburbs, near 50 in the cities.