clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

New England Patriots links 12/15/17 - Rob Gronkowski is ‘hungry’ to make up for suspension

Daily news and links for Friday

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

NFL: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
The Incredible Gronk: You won’t like him when he’s hungry.
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports



  • Jeff Howe For Rob Gronkowski, it’s payback time. He owes his teammates a Gronkian performance Sunday in their most important game of the regular season.
  • Mike Reiss hears from teammates who say the return of Rob Gronkowski has provided a boost to the Patriots' energy level and urgency this week.
  • Ryan Hannable believes Rob Gronkowski can make up for being suspended with huge game vs. Steelers.
  • Michael Hurley breaks down the key weapons and offers a detailed look at what to expect Sunday in Pittsburgh.
  • Phil Perry considers where the priority should be, stopping Bell or Brown. /I’m assuming ‘both’ isn’t an option?
  • Mike Reiss notes that on paper, New England's rush defense looks vulnerable to Le'Veon Bell, but Patriots defenders say there's a way to hem him in.
  • Evan Lazar finds that the numbers and history are on the Patriots' side against the Steelers.
  • Adam Kurkjian feels that the Patriots ground game can break down the Steelers.
  • Phil Perry suggests the Steelers’ man to man defensive plan against the Patriots may be unrealistic.
  • Parker Hurley (FullPressCoverage) Rex Burkhead is schematic nightmare for Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Zack Cox notes Dion Lewis appreciates a recent Ray Rice comparison, says he doesn't feel small on the field.
  • Zack Cox looks at whether Pats-Steelers is the biggest regular-season game of the Belichick/Brady era.
  • Mike Reiss notes that Tom Brady's passing stats have dipped since being on injury report. /Same thing happened with Aaron Rodgers. #Cliff.
  • Ron Borges sees Malcolm Butler playing and tweeting himself on to the sideline and out of the money.
  • Mike D'Abate (FullPressCoverage) Patriots Dispatches: Cannon, Firepower and Steel.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Many reasons for Tom Brady to feel ‘really good’ heading into Pittsburgh showdown; More.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Tom Brady is hopeful Kenny Britt can contribute to the Patriots this season.
  • Ryan Hannable reports Kyle Van Noy and Trey Flowers were among 11 players limited on Thursday.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Mailbag: Examining Joe Thuney’s recent performance, Kenny Britt’s future involvement.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: How high should New England take a QB in the 2018 NFL draft?
  • Zack Cox takes look at the playoff picture entering Week 15, noting the Patriots are in a precarious position right now.
  • The Herald Staff points out that the Patriots have the best record vs. playoff teams since 2001.
  • Steve Balestrieri & Thomas Murphy (WBZ Vault) One Patriots Place: A Weekly look at Patriots News, featuring the best Patriots insiders from around the NFL. Guest: Bill Speros. (1 hour podcast)
  • Jim Lazar says Mike Tomlin and the Steelers fans are pre-ordering those "AFC No. 1 Seed" T-shirts and hats, and makes his Week 15 picks. Patriots win 32-27.