Rob Gronkowski makes his 2013 debut today against the Jets, giving Tom Brady another target who isn’t likely to drop half the passes thrown his way. I’m very disappointed in the Internet that there isn’t a parody version of “Return of the Mack” to mark the occasion. Boston media and fans openly griped that Gronk was milking his recovery from a handful of off-season surgeries. Just further proof that they don’t deserve nice things. Meanwhile, the brief flicker of Jets hope following a primetime win in Atlanta two weeks ago was tamped down by a letdown loss against the Steelers at home. Finding a way to split with the Patriots would be a highlight of the season no matter what happens over the remaining nine games.
First place in the worst division in football is at stake in Philly in what is surely to be a shootout since no one in the NFC East is fond of playing defense. Unfortunately, a nice bit of Cowboys symmetry will be broken no matter who wins.
Cowboys are 3-3 this year after going 8-8 in each of past 2 seasons. And in the last 10 years, the Cowboys are 9-9 vs the Eagles.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 20, 2013
I would say that I’m rooting for a tie, but that would suggest I’m troubled by Dallas falling below .500 in any of areas.
The Bengals and Lions is fun, as not only is it an intriguing matchup between teams with a so-so quarterback throwing to an awesome wideout but also fosters a sense of disbelief that both Cincinnati and Detroit are tied for their respective division lead.
Actually, can I just skip that one and watch the lion and tiger cub fight for three hours?
Your early game slate, as rated by KSK’s not-at-all subjective, rigorously scientificated five-star system:
Tampa Bay at Atlanta *
St. Louis at Carolina *
Cincinnati at Detroit ***
San Diego at Jacksonville *
Buffalo at Miami **
New England at New York Jets ***
Dallas at Philadelphia ***
Chicago at Washington **