Carlos Rogers Expects Tom Brady To Be A Problem As 49Ers Put Together For Patriots

New England Patriots’ star tight end Rob Gronkowski broke his forearm in the team’s big win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. As a result, ESPN reported that Gronkowski underwent surgery on Nov. 19 and will miss four to six weeks.

Unlike, whose decreasing value to Tom Brady in some categories, is a reflection of Brady having better overall passing numbers, Hernandez statistics themselves have decreased.

Charles Godfrey — The former Iowa cornerback, now an NFL safety, had 10 tackles — eight solo tackles — for Carolina, but the Panthers lost to Minnesota.

Mayo suffered a similar injury, but to his opposite knee, in the opening game of the 2009 season. That injury caused him to miss three games after an initial diagnosis said that he would be sidelined for six weeks. As Jeff Howe of NESN points out, Mayo was “never the same player for the rest of the year” despite finishing the season with 113 tackles.

In the second half, the Bills made the adjustment on Gronkowski. The 6-foot-6, second year tight end was running roughshod on the Buffalo defense in the first half, looking like a man among boys. Gronkowski had five receptions for 71 yards and 2 TDs in the first half, but was held to only two catches in the second half.

Please allow me to toot my own horn here for a second. I was 4-0 in my picks during Wildcard Weekend and I was 4-0 last week during the Divisonal Round. That means I am a perfect 8-0 during these playoffs so far. Toot! Toot!

To make room for Edds, the Patriots said good-bye to their 2009 second-round draft pick, Darius Butler. The former UConn Huskies standout cornerback showed potential during his rookie campaign, starting five games and intercepting three passes- one for a touchdown. His second season was not so good. He lost his starting job early on and appeared to have lost his confidence permanently. He was never the same player. The drop-off from his rookie season was frustrating. In it looked to me that Butler would be a fixture at cornerback for cheerleader websites the Patriots for years to come. In 2011, he turned into Jimmy Hitchcock, Chris Canty, Jonathan Wilhite, and Terrance Wheatley- all highly-drafted defensive backs by New England over the years who just never panned out.

Brady was stellar in the game, completing 21 of 27 passes for 252 yards, three touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 142.6. In addition to the victory, Brady’s scores moved him up to 19th on the all-time passing touchdown list, surpassing the great Steve Young.

In the Super Bowl, the Green Bay Packers are still the team to beat. They provide match-up nightmares for the Patriots or any other team in the NFL. The key will be to see how well the Patriots’ young defense continues to progress. They showed signs at the end of last year of being on the verge of being an elite defense. The additions of Haynesworth, Ellis, Carter, rookie Ras-I Dowling, and the return of Leigh Bodden could help them get there.

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