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Rodney Harrison believes Rob Gronkowski will return to NFL

Rodney Harrison believes Rob Gronkowski will return to NFL

Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from football in March, but Rodney Harrison isn't convinced he's done just yet.

Tuesday on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni & Fauria," the latest inductee to the Patriots Hall-of-Fame explained why he believes Gronk will eventually change his mind and return to the NFL.

“Will he be back? I believe that he will," Harrison said per WEEI. "I believe in the second half of the season he’s going to get antsy. Right now, it’s summertime and you’re hot and everybody is on you. But, I think when you sit back and you actually start missing football and you look up and say, ‘My body feels pretty good.’ I think he’ll be back. I think there’s a possibility.

"But also people thought I was crazy when I said last year I would sign Rob and I would sit him the first month, month and a half of the season, maybe the first couple of months and just let him play the second half of the season, the latter part of the season to keep him healthy and fresh.”

It'll be a while before Gronkowski, who turns 30 next week, is able to escape the retirement questions. He seems to be taking them in stride, however, as he said during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards that he enjoys "messing with people" who ask him whether he plans on returning to the gridiron.

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Patriots defense make NFL history with performance through two games

Patriots defense make NFL history with performance through two games

The New England Patriots defense has played very well to start the season. In fact, they are performing historically well.

So far through two contests, the Patriots have allowed a minuscule three points in two games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Miami Dolphins. According to the ESPN Stats and Info Twitter account, that's tied for the fewest points allowed through two games during the Super Bowl era.

Of the three teams listed along with the Patriots, two made the playoffs but none of them made it to the Super Bowl. The Patriots will look to change that.

The Patriots have faced 22 drives this season and only one has ended in a score. Of the other drives, nine have ended in 3-and-outs and five have ended on interceptions (two of which were returned for touchdowns).

It's unlikely that the Patriots' success will continue on at this rate for the foreseeable future. But even if they regress a bit, they will still be one of the most powerful teams in the entire league and will sport one of the NFL's fiercest defenses. Either way, the Patriots defense is a strength and will surely give the Patriots a chance to make it to their fourth consecutive Super Bowl.

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NFL odds Week 3: Early spread for Patriots vs. Jets, all other games

NFL odds Week 3: Early spread for Patriots vs. Jets, all other games

The New England Patriots will be favored by more than two touchdowns for the second consecutive game when they take on the New York Jets in Week 3.

The Patriots destroyed the Miami Dolphins on the road Sunday in a 43-0 Week 2 win. New England's defense had seven sacks and four interceptions, while the offense was bolstered by the debut of newly signed wide receiver Antonio Brown. The 31-year-old veteran caught four passes from Tom Brady, tallying 56 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Oddsmakers pegged the Patriots as 18.5-point favorites against the Dolphins, and the defending Super Bowl champions easily covered the spread. With the Pats ready to host the Jets on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, oddsmakers again are making New England a massive favorite entering Week 3. The Jets also are expected to start backup quarterback Trevor Siemian against the Patriots because starter Sam Darnold is battling mono.

Here are the early spreads for every Week 3 game (via the Westgate Superbook):

The most notable spread on that list is the Dallas Cowboys being favored by 20.5-points over the Dolphins. The Cowboys are 2-0, and their high-powered offense led by Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott should easily be able to move the ball against a Dolphins defense that's given up 102 points over the first two weeks of the season.

The Dolphins have played so poorly that the Westgate Superbook is taking prop bets on them to finish the season 0-16 (the book also has odds on the Patriots going 16-0).

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