How DARE the Patriots barely win in overtime.
They should have won by 20 no 30!
OK, a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea. Patriots fans, as a whole, have been blessed with some pretty amazing teams and offenses over the years, so seeing a less-than-perfect team take the field is a bit of a letdown.
Tom Brady hinted at it earlier on Monday, so should fans manage their expectations a little more?
Or are the Patriots underperforming?
the Boston Globe's Greg Bedard joins Gary Tanguay to discuss. What do you think?
FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski is up for one of the NFL's most prestigious awards, and it's not simply for what he's done while on the football field.
The Patriots tight end is the team's nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, it was announced on Wednesday. Each year the award recognizes one player for his excellence on and off the field.
“We’re proud to honor these outstanding men who represent the NFL’s best on and off the field,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. “Our players have a unique platform to make a difference far beyond the field of play. We salute these individuals who are exemplary in their commitment to making a positive impact in communities across the globe through their dedicated service and philanthropic efforts.”
The winner will be announced in Houston on the night before Super Bowl LI.
Gronkowski was named the 14th Patriots Ron Burton Community Service Award winner in August.
"Rob is just as fun to watch at a community event as he is on the game field," Patriots owner Robert Kraft said at the time. "Giving back to the community is a big part of being 'Gronk.' "
FOXBORO -- It's been an uncharacteristically erratic season for Stephen Gostkowski, but on Sunday the Patriots Pro Bowl kicker was dialed in. And his four field-goal performance against Los Angeles earned him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. It is the second time this season and the fifth time in his career that Gostkowski has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, having also won the award after the first game of the season at Arizona.
Gostkowski's missed four field goals so far this season. He hasn't missed four in a year since 2012 when he missed six field goals. He's also missed three extra points. While the Patriots were a little downcast about the inability of their offense to close out drives against the Rams, an ancillary benefit was undoubtedly Gostkowski having a day that should boost his confidence going forward.