The Houston Texans gave the New England Patriots a scare last week, but the Patriots prevailed with a 34-31 win to improve to 9-3.
Late in the game, Rob Gronkowski came up limping after making a catch, something the Patriots did not want to see. Gronkowski did return and finished the game with six receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown.
Paul Perillo on Patriots Football Weekly explains why the Patriots cannot afford to lose their star tight end.
“[Gronkowski] right now is the most important player on this team,” Perillo said. “He’s clearly the MVP. The offense has been night and day since he came back. Right now, they cannot afford to lose the tight end because he is making the entire offense go.”
Dont’a Hightower put together another lackluster performance against the Texans, as he was unable to help the Patriots slow down Houston’s running game.
“I thought he had an opportunity to really step up with Jerod Mayo out of the lineup,” Perillo said. “Right now, he has just been sort of out there. He’s not really making a tremendous amount of plays. He hasn’t been great against the run. He hasn’t been great against the pass.”