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Rob Gronkowski will return to Patriots in Week 14, according to Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski will return to Patriots in Week 14, according to Rob Gronkowski

You heard it here: Rob Gronkowski will be lined up at tight end when the New England Patriots play the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 8.

How do we know this? Because Gronkowski himself told Barstool Sports' Dave Portnoy he'd return in Week 14, according to a video Portnoy posted on Twitter of the retired tight end's visit to Barstool HQ in New York on Monday.

"I'm gonna be in single coverage with all those receivers we have," Gronkowski playfully adds, referencing the likes of Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon. "Won't even get touched. Week 14!"

OK, we should add the caveat: There's a good chance Gronk is joking here. The 30-year-old has admitted to messing with people about an NFL comeback, and he and Portnoy could just be stirring the pot.

Gronkowski also has a new business venture with a line of Cannabidiol-based medical products called CBDMedic -- he's "Mr. Recovery" now -- and says he'd need to be in a much better mental state to return to football.

If Gronk eventually changes his mind, though, he'll need to do so before Week 14: Per NFL rules, the Patriots must take Gronkowski off the reserve/retired list by Dec. 1 (Week 13) to make him eligible for postseason play.

So, let's move that comeback date up a week.

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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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