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Dave D'Onofrio's Patriots Notebook: Waiting for Gronkowski isn't easy
GRONKOWSKI was officially questionable for the game, as was receiver Danny Amendola, but neither made the trip to Atlanta, and thus they led New England's list of inactives.
WHEN Tom Brady took to the Georgia Dome turf on Sunday night, the Patriots' quarterback had a record of 3-0 this season. And so did his former backups.
Earlier Sunday, Brian Hoyer won his second straight start since assuming the helm of the Browns' offense, with Cleveland upsetting the Cincinnati squad that New England encounters next week, 17-6. Hoyer threw for 269 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, an efficient performance that put the Brows into an early tie atop the AFC North, knotted with the Bengals and Ravens, all at 2-2.
WELL, the AFC North looks mediocre thus far, might the AFC East be emerging as a better division than many expected? A quarter of the way through the campaign, there are indications that it could be.
Miami is 3-0 entering a Monday Night Football tilt, while Sunday afternoon Buffalo improved to 2-2 by beating Baltimore, 23-20, in a game where the Bills controlled the clock and opened up a 16-point second-half lead on the reigning champions. Later in the day the Jets lost to the Titans, though that signified the first time this season that an AFC East team had lost a game outside the division.
Dave D'Onofrio covers the Patriots for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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