The New England Patriots: Looking Ahead to Week 2

September 13, 2017 1:36 pm Published by

The five-time Super Bowl winning champs, The New England Patriots, are back and ready for action.  The Patriots suffered a tough loss in their preseason home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, 31-14. The preseason schedule continued with games against the Houston Texans, Detroit Lions, and New York Giants. The Patriots ended the preseason with a 1-3 record; last year, our preseason record was 3-1.

Off to a tough start, the Patriots prepared for the first NFL game of the season, home at Gillette Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs. Missing one of the star players, wide receiver Julian Edelman, to a torn ACL, the Patriots had some strategic planning to do.

The home opener on Thursday, September 7th was also the big reveal of the Patriots new Super Bowl Banner. With anticipation at an all-time high, the Patriots played an aggressive and challenging game. Many players were injured during the game, including star wide receiver, Danny Amendola, with a head injury, and linebacker Dont’a Hightower with a minor right knee injury.  The end result of the game was the Kansas City Chiefs winning 42-27, as rookie running back Kareem Hunt proved to be too much for the Patriots’ banged up defense to handle. As many of you know, however, the Patriots rarely lose two in a row, and fans should be expecting a great game this Sunday in New Orleans against the Saints.   No need to worry; the Patriots have lost their season opener in 2001, 2003 and 2014 and went on to win the Super Bowl each of these three years.  The Patriots defense has a lot of work to do, but Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will have the team turned around in no time. Patriots fans should be looking forward to another memorable season and hope for no more injuries.

With the new turf field, we should see improvement across all phases of the game.  Gillette Stadium strives to make your visit as safe and efficient as possible.  Knowing where to park and how to get there, as well as other available transportation options, will improve your experience and that of your fellow fans.  If you have any questions or concerns about parking at Gillette Stadium, you can call 508-549-0477 or email parking@patriots.com.   Parking lots open four hours before kickoff and will close within two hours after each game.

Tailgating is as much fun as going to the game, if not more!  There are seasoned tailgaters who come prepared with all sorts of food and drink.  They have it down to a science and are also prepared for any type of New England weather.  If you prefer to tailgate at a restaurant on game day, you have numerous options at Patriots Place.  There are over 20 restaurants to choose from and all offer great cuisine and drink for our Pats fans.  Our recommendation is CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar for being a fun sports bar and location is ideal (cbsscene.com).

The proximity of Gillette Stadium to Montage Brookview in Franklin is only a mere 13 miles away,  down Route 495 South to Route 1 North.  It is just a hop, skip, and a jump away!

Here’s to another great season New England!  Go Pats!!

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