Despite last nights gruesome looking hit Rob Gronkowski may be returning to the field sooner than expected. After several tests last night, it was concluded that Gronkowski did not suffer any structural damage to his knee and he had full mobility before boarding the plane back to New England. According to several sources, Gronkowski has a good chance to play against the Eagles. That is very good news despite the imperfect end to an undefeated season.
In spite of Gronkowski's injury, the Patriots are still paper thin at wide receiver and running back. Julian Edelman broke his foot during against the Giants, Danny Amendola injured his knee against Bills, and Dion Lewis tore his ACL against the Redskins. All three are key cogs on the Patriots offense and Amendola and Edelman will be returning to the lineup before the playoffs.
Despite the injuries Tom Brady and the Patriots keep trudging on, one game at a time. Also, a loss now is much better than a loss in January, when games count.
“Monday Night Football” was interesting to say the least. Gene Steratore blew several calls, including a potential touchdown pass from Brady to Amendola early in the third quarter. Brady was scrambling to the right sideline and he lofted a pass towards Amendola, which Amendola caught. The officials assumed that Brady was going out of bounds and according to Dean Blandino the,” line judge lost track of the football, blew his whistle inadvertently,” costing the Patriots seven points. The Patriots could have been up 17-3 midway through the third but thanks to Steratore the Bills were still in the game. Steratore Is not the only official to blow calls, the officiating this season has been sub par at best and it has made football hard to watch.
Terrible calls and long officiating meetings, thanks to Gene, squandered the Buffalo Bills-New England Patriots game. Steratore had to call a meeting on a 1st and 10 during the two-minute drill to determine if the Bills had a first down. WTF. I could have made that call from my couch. Steratore had numerous meetings throughout the game for calls that should have been made directly after plays. On top of that, the game lasted near four hours and it was nearly impossible to watch, unless you are enamored by multiple commercials about old spice and Rex Ryan acting like a crazy man.
The game was more of a reality TV show than an actual football game. Rex Ryan was enraged throughout the game at the officials and his team for not showing up on the biggest stage. Bill was well Bill, he didn’t flinch but he showed his frustration against the officials as well. All I have to say is that if the NFL was looking for ratings during Monday Night Football, they sure did not get them.
ESPN also decided to troll the Patriots yet again with a tweet about Spygate and Deflategate. Then a few minutes later they sent out another tweet congratulating the Patriots on their win. What is going on with ESPN?
ESPN needs to pick a side and stick to it because either way, the Patriots will continue their revenge tour next weekend at Denver