The New England Patriots will open up at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, set to welcome in the Arizona Cardinals for their Week 2 matchup. The team has been preparing for quarterback Kevin Kolb to be under center in place of John Skelton, who suffered a sprained right ankle in Arizona’s season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. Kolb took over in the fourth quarter and orchestrated a game-winning 80-yard TD drive for the Cardinals to pull ahead 20-16.
The odds are in New England’s favor after a convincing 34-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans last week. The Pats have won 15 of their last 17 home openers and are 10-0 in home openers since Gillette Stadium opened in 2002.
Despite these factors it’s crucial for the Patriots to show up ready to play on Sunday. Kolb has proved he can lead his team through tough situations and Arizona’s defense certainly isn’t something that Tom Brady and Co. can take lightly. The Cardinals hold an advantage over the Patriots secondary with top wide-out Larry Fitzgerald, a player that Patriots coach Bill Belichick recognizes as “one of the all-time greats.”
“It’s very hard to defend him. It’s very hard to find him and then it’s very hard to defend him,” said Belichick. “Again, he’s just as dangerous going down the field as he is taking a shorter pass and running with it so that’s not really the answer either — just letting him catch it in front of you and not give up any big plays because he can make plays there, too.”
The Patriots recorded perfect attendance at their Friday practice for the second straight day. The team looks 100% and ready to bring home a W for former wide receiver and 3x Super Bowl champion Troy Brown, who will be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame this weekend. Patriots vs Cardinals tickets are now available!