We're ready for kickoff at Raymond James Stadium, where the Bucs host the Patriots tonight.
New Patriots safety John Lynch was just introduced with the New England starting lineup, even though he won't technically start. He received a loud ovation from the crowd, which was thrilled to have a native son back home.
As for the Bucs, Brian Griese gets the start at quarterback. At receiver, Antonio Bryant starts at split end in place of Joey Galloway (groin) and at fullback, Byron Storer starts for B.J. Askew (foot). Ryan Sims starts for the second straight week at defensive tackle for Jovan Haye (groin).
The Patriots you see tonight will be largely unrecognizable. Tom Brady didn't make the trip because of a foot injury. Word is, the Patriots also left a host of other players back home.
I'll be here throughout the evening (in the comments section below) to guide you through the action. If you have questions, ask them. If you have comments, share them.
See you soon.
(Pictured - John Lynch. Times photo - Brian Cassella. Click to enlarge.)