Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski has a pretty solid resume so far -- a four-time Super Bowl champion, five-time Pro Bowler, and he's pretty much a lock for the Hall of Fame one day whenever he decides to retire again. But there's one record he hasn't broken yet, and that's Tony Gonzalez's record of the most 100-yard games by a tight end. Gonzalez sits at the top with 31.
Gronk is currently sitting at 30 games with 100-yards or more, just one shy of Gonzalez's record. Next up? Breaking this record, and Gronkowski intends to do just that.
"Let me tell you, I'm trying to break that record," Gronkowski told NFL Network. "I mean, why wouldn't I try to break that record? I'm coming for it. Tony, I'm coming for it. Basically, you got every record, so I'm coming for this one, and it's a pretty cool one, too, for sure. It just shows that I guess you're a baller and Tony's a baller."
The one thing that has hindered Gronk during his career is injuries, so it's fair to assume he may have already broken this record, right? It's also why he retired the first time and probably the reason he would again. When he finally decides he's had enough, Gronk is a lock for the Hall of Fame, regardless of the record books.
We all remember when Tom Brady was fined $10,000 for sliding and purposefully ("accidentally," according to him) kicked Ed Reed in the leg, right? Well, it appears he may have done it again. Brady slid during a scramble in Monday night's Tampa Bay Buccaneers win against the New York Giants, and as he slid, Brady raised his leg right into Giants DB Xavier McKinney's lower leg. So, what do you think? Accident or on purpose?
The Baltimore Ravens were able to squeeze out a win on Sunday without starting quarterback Lamar Jackson, and it looks like he'll be well enough to be under-center next week. Head coach John Harbaugh said, "he felt good today. I don't know how good. But he feels much better today, from what I was told." So have we figured out WHY the Ravens made him travel to Chicago in the first place? Let me know.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but Kirk Cousins has been the main reason for the Minnesota Vikings' success this season. (Before you ask me if 5-5 is considered "successful," they're currently in playoff position and have had back-t0-back wins. Baby steps.) Cousins has been taking more shots downfield, and it's been paying off. Of course, head coach Mike Zimmer wouldn't mind if Cousins continued to do more of that. "I want Cousins to keep doing it like he's doing it. He can't second-guess himself."
This season, Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke was thrown to the wolves as the starter after Ryan Fitzpatrick was injured. Through an up-and-down season, Heinicke is currently on the "up" trajectory. Head coach Ron Rivera acknowledged that Heinicke has continued to grow throughout the season. "What we want from that position is a guy that can manage it and then make plays when he needs to. And this is what this guy does. He's smart. He understands the game. He's just a guy that, again, has only had 11 starts, and we'll see how it continues to go." Heinicke is totally gonna trick Washington into not drafting a quarterback again, isn't he?
After Aaron Rodgers' COVID fiasco, there's another roadblock in his way: an injured toe. Rodgers has said it's a little worse than turf toe, and it's pretty painful. However, Rodgers plans to play through the injury, as it's likely his last season with the Green Bay Packers.
Heavy sigh. On Tuesday, the New York Jets announced that rookie QB Zach Wilson was cleared to start on Sunday against the Houston Texans. That's good for them because they don't have many other options. After being listed as close contacts, the Jets put both Joe Flacco and Mike White on the COVID-19 reserve list. Don't say it.
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Russell Wilson is medically cleared to return this week for the Seattle Seahawks and of course he had to announce it himself. Wilson posted this video on Twitter, indicating that himself and his finger should be ready to take on the Packers in Week Ten.
Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Jordan Love didn't have the best Sunday, and it began (or continued) to spark questions of if Love is genuinely the Packers' future. Head coach Matt LaFleur isn't blaming Love for having to be ready at the last minute. "I thought Jordan, I was really proud of the way he played. He hung in there; he was taking hits and delivering the ball. I thought he did a really good job."
There is a new New England Patriots controversy among us. Quarterback Mac Jones appeared to twist Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns' ankle after a sack. However, head coach Bill Belichick says he thinks Jones was just trying to pursue the ball and didn't intentionally twist Burns' ankle. I tend to side with Belichick, even though the video does look kinda bad. Jones later agreed, saying he was just trying to make a tackle on Burns.
Detroit Lions backup Tim Boyle is being designated for return from injured reserve and should practice this week. With the way things are going for the Lions (and specifically, starter Jared Goff), it's not out of the question to wonder if we could see Boyle (or fellow backup David Blough) on the field soon.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold suffered a concussion and shoulder injury last week and went for an MRI on Monday to check on the status of the same shoulder. Darnold did not have his best day Sunday, and head coach Matt Rhule was not committing to Darnold yet in Week Ten.
Zach Wilson is expected to practice this week for the New York Jets, but his status is still very much up in the air. Mike White is looking more like the assumed starter (although that could change in the coming days), as head coach Robert Saleh says they don't want to rush Wilson back too soon.
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Kyler Murray hurt his ankle towards the end of last week's loss, and didn't practice on Wednesday for the Arizona Cardinals. Murray had some extra time to rest this week, but it's still not known if he will be available in Week Nine.
Speaking of quarterbacks who got hurt last week, Sam Darnold practiced on a limited basis for the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday. Head coach Matt Rhule said he was on the "extremely limited" side as he recovers from a concussion.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson got the pin out of his broken finger on Monday, and is already (of course) posting videos of himself throwing a football. The team still doesn't have a return date for him, but based on this video (and more importantly, his ability to grip the football) it should be sooner rather than later.
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The Miami Dolphins won't be trading for quarterback Deshaun Watson, after all. Reports were swirling pretty much for months about this whole fiasco, and right when it looked like things might get done, it didn't work out in the end. The Houston Texans are stuck with Watson until next offseason.
With rookie Zach Wilson still injured, and Super Bowl MVP sitting in waiting, the New York Jets have a looming decision to make at the quarterback position. Mike White shocked the world with his performance in Week Eight and will be getting the start on Thursday Night Football, but how long will this continue? General Manager Joe Douglas says himself and head coach Robert Saleh are on the same page when it comes to these decisions. "I'm going to piggyback on everything coach said and we're going to cross that bridge when we get to it. Our sole focus is te Indianapolis Colts."
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The Arizona Cardinals had the weekend off after playing the Green Bay Packers Thursday night. Those couple of days will probably largely benefit Kyler Murray. Murray sprained his ankle towards the end of Thursday's game, and it's been kind of a wait-and-see situation as far as his availability goes for Week Nine.
Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Cooper Rush won on Sunday night while starter Dak Prescott healed from an injury, throwing two touchdowns and an interception. While he started off shaky, Rush got into a rhythm and began look comfortable. "I felt like I belonged out there. You're in the huddle, breaking the o-line, going through your processes. It didn't feel overwhelming at all."
With their starting quarterback Jameis Winston going down in Sunday's game with a season-ending knee injury, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is non-committal on bringing in another quarterback. The team has Trevor Siemian, Taysom Hill, and rookie Ian Book on deck.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo proved a lot of people wrong on Sunday in front of his hometown crowd. But Jimmy G was the first to say that the win was not about him. "I think our team just needed a win. Losing four in a row like that, you've got to do something about it. I think our guys did."
Hopefully we will have an end to this soon. I'm tired of hearing about it and tired of talking about it. Now that that's out of the way, Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was once again asked about the potential Deshaun Watson trade happening this week, and he once again was mum in his response. "I basically answer [this question] every day the same way. Tua is our quarterback."
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson wants to be back as soon as he possibly can (and that's probably a good idea.) He took a big step towards that goal on Monday, as he got his pin removed from his injured finger.
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Both quarterbacks trade interceptions in first quarter
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was first, throwing his tenth pick of the season. The drive seemed to be going great; I had the tweets in the drafts dialed up. Then the pass was batted in the air and Julian Love came down with the interception in the endzone.
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was next, throwing a pick to Willie Gay, and set up a Chiefs touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
kyle rudolph ties the game
Kyle Rudolph caught a one-yard touchdown for the Giants to even things up in the second quarter.
Chiefs take the lead in second quarter
The Chiefs are in the lead after a shaky start. Running back Derrick Gore, who is playing in injured Clyde Edwards-Helaire's spot, scored his first career touchdown, bringing the score to 14-10.
giants take the lead in the fourth quarter
Whose Giants are these? Daniel Jones threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram, giving New York a 17-14 lead over the Chiefs.
chiefs pull out the win
Kansas City won, but they won pretty ugly. A 34-yard field goal by Harrison Butker was enough for a 20-17 win over the Giants.
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had the week to recover from yet another injury, and is so far on track to play this weekend. Head coach Mike McCarthy reiterated on Thursday that this is still the plan, as he had a good response from practicing this week on a limited basis.
The Philadelphia Eagles traded away their best quarterback to the New York Jets earlier this week, but starter Jalen Hurts says he'll never forget the great Joe Flacco. He has blessed many of us, I agree. "I expressed that to Joe, and I just wanted to let him know that everything I said before those games, I truly believed it from the standpoint of the things that he’s been able to do over his career, the knowledge he’s poured on me, his voice in the room. It meant a lot to me. I wish him the best of luck as he gets the opportunity to go out there and play."
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is still a question mark for Week Eight, as he's dealing with an intense shoulder injury. He missed last week, but isn't giving up so easily. Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt stated Thursday that while he practiced on a limited basis,"he practiced yesterday a good amount and looked good."
As everyone (loudly) wonders if the league has figured out Patrick Mahomes, he told his Kansas City Chiefs teammates that he knows he needs to improve and plans on doing just that. "You see it kind of get me in certain games every single year, and it’s something I have to go back to and learn from and be better at. There were times where I maybe could have stepped and found a soft spot in the pocket where instead I kind of got out of there and tried to make something happen."
chase edmonds runs for the first score
After a boring first quarter, the Arizona Cardinals were finally able to get on the board. After a would-be 61-yard touchdown from DeAndre Hopkins, Chase Edmonds was able to get the Cards into the end zone, bringing them to a 7-0 lead.
packers get on the board, too
The Green Bay Packers were able to put some points on the board in the second quarter to answer the Cardinals' trick play. While it wasn't as exciting, Green Bay had a third-and-one from the two-yard line. Aaron Jones was able to run it in to tie the game.
a muffed punt leads to a packers fg
Rondale Moore is going to want this one back. While it was debated whether or not Moore touched the ball, the officials ruled that it hit off his finger, and the Packers got the ball at Arizona's three-yard line. Green Bay was able to get a field goal on this drive, heading into halftime with a 10-7 lead.
a murray int leads to a cobb td
Moore is going to want this one back too. Kyler Murray had a pass bounce off Moore's hands, which later lead to a touchdown for the Packers. Randall Cobb caught a two-yard touchdown, which put Green Bay up 17-7.
cardinals answer with a touchdown of their own
Arizona was able to answer with a touchdown of their own from James Conner. The running back was able to run it in from the two-yard line, making it a three-point game.
Packers win on last play
Speaking of wanting games back, AJ Green is going to want this one back. Not sure what he was seeing, but Murray threw a perfect touchdown which would have been the game-winner. Instead, Rasul Douglas intercepted Murray in the end zone, gifting the Packers a 24-21 win over Arizona. And their first loss of the season.
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Rumors have been swirling since this offseason that the Miami Dolphins were interested in acquiring quarterback Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans. Now, it appears they may get their wish. Watson has a no-trade clause in his current deal, which means he has to approve of the team/location he would be going in order for the trade to be completed. Watson has currently only okay-ed this for the Dolphins. Keep in mind, the trade deadline is November 2, so this should be happening fairly soon.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's body has been held together with toothpicks and rubber bands for the past five years, but this year it's extremely noticeable. The team had their bye this past week, and Roethlisberger says it's perfect timing.
Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor is on track to return, which thankfully means we no longer have to suffer through Davis Mills anymore. Except maybe this week. Taylor was designated by the team to return from injured reserve and practiced on Wednesday, but Mills could still be the starter for one more week.
The Philadelphia Eagles are not exactly having the season they had in mind, especially when it comes to quarterback Jalen Hurts. While no one on the team is pointing fingers, Hurts says the team has to stop "beating themselves."
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