Mike Petraglia
September 21, 2008 - 3:24 am

The Patriots apparently paid their bill to Mother Nature. For the second straight home game and the third straight game overall, they have a perfect day on which to play football. Temperatures are expected to hit 70 for kickoff with sunshine and just a slight breeze out of the north. About the only negative to this is that it's not 20 degrees and windy for the visitors from South Florida. But the Patriots certainly would appear not to need any help from the climatologists to improve to 3-0 today for the eighth time in team history. It's been pounded into the ground as much as the foundation for the new Hall at Patriot Place but this bears repeating... the Miami Dolphins, once perfect in 1972 (did you know that?) have gone 1-20 since beating New England 21-0 on Dec. 10, 2006. One and 20. Not even the Bengals or Lions can boast of that kind of misery, though based on the start of those two teams this season, they may give it a run. Your cover of Patriots GAMEDAY is Ben Coates, who Saturday became the 13th inductee to the Patriots Hall of Fame in the team's first induction ceremony at the new Hall at Patriot Place. Coates is in the foreground while the 12 players who were re-inducted Saturday are on panels that mimic the ones inside the new Patriots museum and pro shop.