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It is the night that we have all been waiting for as the NFL returns with the current Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots opening at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It is a big way to kick off the season and given a fairly tumultuous off-season for the Patriots, the game has a lot of focus on it.

Giving it a miss

The Patriots off-season all centred around the controversial Deflategate trials in which quarterback Tom Brady did everything he could to avoid a four game suspension.

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After the decision was eventually overturned, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's power has once again been called into question.

It is the second year in a row that Goodell is facing questions over his position but he has stood firm on one certain fact.

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Goodell will not be attending tonight's game in Foxborough where a raucous crowd and a play-off atmosphere is expected.

Goodell announced early in the off-season that he would not be attending the season opener and former Patriots tight end Ben Coates believes that was a good decision.

"I think it's a good decision for him not to show up. He'd get booed all night." - Coates on why Goodell should avoid the Patriots opening game.

Coates was a big star for the Patriots in the 90's and he has had his say on tonight's proceedings ahead of a very interesting NFL season.

On the plus side for Goodell, it won't last too long as he is still the boss and Coates feels:

"It's the NFL, so he's always going to be welcomed in any stadium."

Big plans

It was confirmed earlier today that the game at Gillette Stadium tonight will have extra security added as a play-off like atmosphere is expected.

Patriots fans are expected to be in such a good mood that Brady is starting that extra precautions have been implemented.

While the fans will surely be lively, only the upcoming few hours will tell us if they are going to make a winning start to their defense of their Super Bowl title.

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