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– Count Tom Brady amongst those that feel the Patriots can adapt and survive without the services of tight end Rob Gronkowski. NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks breaks down exactly why he thinks the Patriots will be able to survive the season and make a playoff push despite the loss of the all-world Gronkowski.
-Others are not so high on the Patriots chances going forward.
-In related news, former Patriot Tedy Bruschi spoke out against the new rules in the NFL, saying they will lead to hits like the one Gronkowski received on Sunday.
-Over at MMQB, Peter King has a nice breakdown of the spectacular onside kick executed by the Patriots against the Browns as part of his “decisive Moments” piece.
– If you think that the Patriots have been snake bitten by injuries this year, even more than every other team, them, well, you were right (except for the Rams).
– In the world of Power Rankings, check out where the Patriots stand here, here, a video here, and here. Interesting to see how different people view the Patriots in light of ANOTHER injury to a key player. Something tells me Belichick, while not happy Gronkowski is out, loves the fact that people are writing off his team.
– For an updated look a the playoff picture and the different scenarios facing the Patriots, head over here. Then keep hoping the Bengals and Broncos lose.