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Lamar Jackson's AFC Player of the Week award a rare feat vs. Patriots

Lamar Jackson's AFC Player of the Week award a rare feat vs. Patriots

The New England Patriots are notoriously great at making their opponents play "left-handed," meaning they rarely let the other team's star beat them.

But that's exactly what went down Sunday night, as Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson sliced and diced the vaunted Patriots defense en route to a 37-20 Baltimore win.

How good was Jackson? He was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday after accounting for three total touchdowns Sunday.

It's the second time this season Jackson has earned the award, but the fact that he earned it against the Patriots is much more impressive.

Consider this: Before Jackson's feat, it had been two full years since a player won AFC or NFC Offensive Player of the Week in a game against the Patriots.

That player was Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who threw for 368 yards and four touchdowns in Kansas City's 42-27 rout of New England in the 2017 season opener.

Prior to Smith? Over the last five seasons, only three other players have earned AFC or NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors versus New England:

-- C.J. Anderson, running back, Denver Broncos (2015, Week 12)
-- Ryan Fitzpatrick, quarterback, New York Jets (2015, Week 16)
-- Jamaal Charles, running back, Chiefs (2014, Week 4)

That's four players total over half a decade, which is a testament to head coach Bill Belichick's defensive philosophy of bottling up the opposing team's stars.

Jackson couldn't be contained Sunday night while handing the Patriots their first loss of the season, but you'd best believe Belichick took note of how to avoid that happening again.

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Watch Rob Gronkowski's wild intro as WrestleMania 36 host

Watch Rob Gronkowski's wild intro as WrestleMania 36 host

Rob Gronkowski may be done with football, but he continues to find ways to entertain us on our television screens.

The former New England Patriots tight end is hosting WrestleMania 36 this weekend alongside WWE star Mojo Rawley. And as one would expect, Gronk brought the energy to start off the two-night event.

“[WWE] picked the right guy [to host WrestleMania], because I know how to start a party on a Saturday night and end it 30 hours later," Gronk quipped in his introduction.

Watch below:

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Between the WWE and his various other ventures, Gronkowski seemingly has been everywhere these last few weeks. He appeared on SmackDown, was revealed as White Tiger in "The Masked Singer," and participated in a virtual beer pong tournament for coronavirus relief.

In other words, retirement seems to be treating the future Pro Football Hall of Famer well.

Stephon Gilmore seems to think covering new Bills WR Stefon Diggs will be 'light work'

Stephon Gilmore seems to think covering new Bills WR Stefon Diggs will be 'light work'

Does New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore think covering new Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs will be "light work?" 

It certainly seems that way. Gilmore defended Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper after former Bills and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan called Cooper a "turd" on ESPN's "Get Up."

The 29-year-old called Cooper one of the "toughest receivers in the league to cover," but when a fan responded saying Diggs will be tougher, another fan said he'd be "light work" and Gilmore liked that tweet. 

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Will Diggs really be that difficult for the Defensive Player of the Year to handle? It's tough to say, but Diggs put up some impressive numbers with the Minnesota Vikings before being traded to the Bills.

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In five seasons with the Vikings, Diggs has 4,623 yards and 30 touchdowns -- he's had 1,000-plus yards receiving in back-to-back years and has never played a full 16-game season. On the other hand, Gilmore had six interceptions last season with two touchdowns, 44 solo tackles and a fumble recovery. 

With the Patriots and Bills set to meet at least twice next season, it'll be interesting to see how things shake out.