NFL News & Notes 2015 T2: RIP Will Smith Nov 30, 2015 16:58:12 GMT -5
Post by BRV on Nov 30, 2015 16:58:12 GMT -5
All in all though, HUGE crisis averted for any Patriots Fans.
I can stop carving "BROOKS WAS HERE" on the ceiling.
According to Adam Schefter, Gronkowski will not play against the Eagles Sunday and may miss "multiple weeks". And while that's a vague term that could mean as few as two weeks, fortunately for the Patriots, their next three games are at home against Philadelphia, on the road in Houston, and back home against Tennessee, and with or without Rob Gronkowski, those are three games the Patriots should win.
The most impactful aspect of last night's loss, aside from Gronkowski's injury, is that it removes the safety net for the Patriots. A win would have all but buried the Broncos' chances of home-field advantage through the AFC playoffs. By virtue of the loss, the Patriots lead in the conference is now one game over both Denver and Cincinnati. And while one of those two teams has to lose a game, since they play each other in week 16, that leaves the Patriots with little room for error. They don't necessarily need to finish 15-1 to wrap up home-field advantage, but even one loss could make that week 17 game against the Dolphins matter. Ideally, that's a tune-up game for the Patriots, where they play their starters for a series or two (or not at all), then bring in the reserves for the game's final 50 or so minutes.