My silly theory of Brady not being in the stadium had 2 thought processes. One is that maybe missing 4 preseason games will in fact cover his ludicrous suspension. The other is that Belichick doesn't want him in the stadium now since he won't be able to be their at the start of the season. My second theory is much more plausible as Belichick is always planning and preparing for the future.
Besides paying attention to who is throwing passes for New England tonight, I'll also be paying attention to the offensive line to see if they are coming together. This should be a good test as the Carolina fans will hopefully bring some noise.
Tonight will also be a good night to assess our defensive unit as they will be facing a pretty potent offense.