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Julian Edelman a Hall of Famer? Why Patriots WR belongs in the conversation

Julian Edelman a Hall of Famer? Why Patriots WR belongs in the conversation

New England Patriots slot receiver Julian Edelman has put together a résumé of playoff excellence that's ignited a debate over whether he'll ultimately wind up as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The 32-year-old wideout gave an excellent performance in the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. He tallied 10 receptions for 141 yards and was named the game's MVP -- becoming the first wide receiver to win the award since 2008.

Edelman's postseason stats are impressive, to say the least. He's played a key role in three Super Bowl titles for New England. His 115 receptions and 1,412 receiving yards are second only to Jerry Rice on the NFL's all-time playoff leaderboards. 

When you look at Edelman's regular-season stats, nothing jumps off the page. His numbers are solid, but they don't scream Hall of Famer. Now, there's still time for Edelman to improve these stats, and he should be able to rack up plenty more receptions and yards before he retires.

NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran looked at Edelman's case for the Hall of Fame and noted that several players already enshrined, including Joe Namath and Lynn Swann, are in the Hall primarily because of their superb playoff performances. While Edelman still has a ways to go before we make a final decision on his HOF candidacy, Curran argues he definitely belongs in the conversation right now.

Check out Curran's case in the video above.

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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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