FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Fans got an early start to tailgating the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens game on Sunday, an occasion to celebrate as it was the first game of the regular season at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
WBZ's Suzanne Sausville walked among rows of fans parked outside the stadium, and polled for their opinions on where the team is headed this year with a 1-1 win ratio heading into Sunday's game.
"Lamar Jackson is just such a dynamic player— he's so fast and we don't really have anybody that can shadow him. [Bill] Belichick usually does a really good scheme against him anyways but he's going to get points, it's just a matter of whether our offense can match him," one fan named Clayton said.
With the grills lined up outside in the lot, fans seared and seasoned steaks to usher in the fall season.
"We'll do lobster, scallops, filet mignon— I've had season tickets, I come every game," said one fan who drives four hours from Maine to Gillette.
Following the Patriots first game in Miami, where a tailgating grill was left on during the game and caused a fire, New England fans swore they would be responsible and cut off the gas when the whistle blew.
Despite all the excitement, the Patriots lost against the Ravens 37-26 with Quarterback Mac Jones hopping off the field with just minutes left in the game.
WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports.