Tom Brady hasn’t had much to throw to so far this season, but he still has managed to keep the New England Patriots very competitive. Currently their 5-1 record has them one game behind both the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs for best record in all of the NFL. The return of Rob Gronkowski this Sunday puts the Patriots ahead of the Chiefs and right behind Denver for best team in the AFC.
Gronkowski hasn’t played a down yet this season, but he still seems to have gotten more attention than Jimmy Graham who has put up amazing numbers thus far for the New Orleans Saints. That alone tells me just how special of a player Rob truly is. His return is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Patriots. Brady has had to deal with the likes of Julian Edelman and Kenbrell Thompkins as his top two receivers so far this season. Gronkowski immediately comes in as not only Brady’s top red zone target but his all around best receiving option on the entire team. Tom hasn’t exactly put up the amazing numbers we’re all used to seeing from him, but I don’t think that has anything to do with Brady’s talent. It has a whole lot to do with the lack of supporting talent around him.
Peyton Manning has the Broncos poised to make a spectacular run at the Super Bowl, but the return of Gronkowski may hamper that just a little bit. Manning has always struggled against Brady’s Patriots, and even though he’s been dominant so far this season, Rob being back on the field for New England means bad news for not just the whole NFL, but particularly Manning’s Broncos. Starting this Sunday and moving forward, the race in the AFC has gotten a whole lot more interesting.