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News Blitz 12/14: Gronk ready for Pittsburgh

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As one of the greatest tight ends in the history of the game, Rob Gronkowski has put up big numbers against lots of teams.

But Gronkowski’s work against the Steelers has been near the top of the list.

The Boston Globe writes that Gronkowski is very much looking forward to another a game against Pittsburgh, a team he carried the Patriots to victory against a year ago. The Globe says that the Steelers, a long history of success against Pittsburgh, are just the ticket for the Patriots right now. The Globe looks back at the building of the 2018 New England roster, including some major hits and misses. The Globe relays where Gillette Stadium ranked on a list of athletic facilities around the country in terms of food safety. The Globe notes that the Chargers clinched a playoff berth with a comeback upset win in Kansas City on Thursday night.

The Boston Herald declares that Josh Gordon is “destroying defenses after the catch.” The Herald writes that Gronkowski mixes and matches with the Steelers. The Herald notes that the Patriots continued to have perfect practice attendance leading up to the battle with Pittsburgh.

ESPN.com writes that Steelers running back Stevan Ridley is “fired up” to face his former team on Sunday.

NFL.com’s weekly QB index has Tom Brady inching closer to a spot in the top-5. NFL.com predicts the Steelers to “nip” the Patriots in Pittsburgh. NFL.com predicts this year’s Pro Bowl squad, including a nod for New England fullback James Develin!

CBSSports.com breaks down the numbers and the Patriots have the best chance of any AFC team to make the Super Bowl.

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