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Devin McCourty, other Patriots slam Colts fans for booing Andrew Luck after retirement news broke

Devin McCourty, other Patriots slam Colts fans for booing Andrew Luck after retirement news broke

Andrew Luck shocked the NFL world on Saturday night when news of his retirement made its way around the league. When the news broke, the Indianapolis Colts were in the process of playing a preseason game...and Luck was on the sidelines. And he didn't get a warm reception from the Colts fans.

The Colts fans booed Luck as he came off the field and was swarmed by media members and cameras. This came despite the fact that Luck kept the Colts relevant in the post-Peyton Manning years despite dealing with a plethora of injuries.

The reaction of the Colts fans didn't sit well with many. That included New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who took to Twitter to diss the Colts fans that chose to boo Luck.

And McCourty wasn't the only Patriots player to weigh in on the issue. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy and running back James White also expressed their disappointment in the reaction that Luck got.

These reactions from the Patriots seems fair. After all, Luck has long been the face of the franchise in Indianapolis. Giving him this kind of send-off just doesn't seem right, and many NFL players, including these three Patriots, called out the Indy fans for this.

Luck did little to deserve this reaction. He was still a solid franchise quarterback for the Colts and did a lot to keep them competitive in the post-Manning era. He simply took a catastrophic number of hits due to a poor offensive line and suffered a few injuries. In the wake of his latest malady and a four-year pain cycle. he decided to call it quits.

Now, with Luck retired, Jacoby Brissett will be the starter in Indianapolis. The former Patriots draft pick will get a chance to prove himself as a starter for the first time since 2017.

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Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Two of Boston's most beloved sports figures in the city's history did some reuniting on Monday.

Rob Gronkowski and David Ortiz joined forces for an Instagram video that certainly will add to the speculation about a possible comeback for the retired Patriots tight end.

“Big Papi’s my new trainer,” Gronkowski says in the video while flexing. “We are reunited.”

Watch below:

Don't get too excited though, Patriots fans. Gronk has pretty much already shut down the idea of a comeback this season and is preoccupied with some new television responsibilities. He has, however, left the door open to return to the gridiron one day.

If Gronk does decide to help out the Pats' current tight end situation, he has until Nov. 30 to make up his mind.

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This surprising Patriots trend doesn't bode well for Eagles matchup

This surprising Patriots trend doesn't bode well for Eagles matchup

The New England Patriots have opened as 3.5-point road favorites for their Week 11 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.

That should surprise no one: The Patriots have been favorites in their previous 38 road games dating to Nov. 2014 and generally are favored against any opponent they play. That's what happens when you win 11 or more games in nine consecutive seasons.

What may surprise you, though, is that New England isn't all that great as a road favorite.

Here are the results from the Patriots' last 13 regular-season games as road favorites since the beginning of the 2018 campaign, courtesy of the "Boston Sports Info" Twitter account:

2019
Week 9 at Baltimore: 20-37 LOSS
Week 7 at New York Jets: 33-0 WIN
Week 5 at Washington: 33-7 WIN
Week 4 at Buffalo: 16-10 WIN
Week 2 at Miami: 43-0 WIN

2018
Week 15 at Pittsburgh: 10-17 LOSS
Week 14 at Miami: 33-34 LOSS
Week 12 at New York Jets: 27-13 WIN
Week 10 at Tennessee: 10-34 LOSS
Week 8 at Buffalo: 25-6 WIN
Week 7 at Chicago: 38-31 WIN
Week 3 at Detroit: 10-26 LOSS
Week 2 at Jacksonville: 20-31 LOSS

The Patriots have lost six times as road favorites since the beginning of last season and are 7-6 in those contests. 

As you may have gathered, that's the same number of regular-season games they've lost overall in that span, meaning all of their losses in their last 25 regular-season games have come as road favorites.

New England had better hope that 3.5-point line doesn't waver, either. According to Boston Sports Info, quarterback Tom Brady actually has a losing record (10-15) in his career when the Patriots are favored by three points or fewer.

That stat makes sense when you get past the sticker shock: It's hard for any club to beat good teams on the road, and New England's incredible run of success under Brady and Bill Belichick means it's favored in virtually every game, even on the road versus quality opponents.

The Patriots are coming off one of those losses in Baltimore earlier this month, and the Eagles will present another tough test in Sunday's Super Bowl LII rematch.

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