The big news on Monday was Rob Gronkowski's one-game suspension for his hit on Buffalo's Tre'Davious White during Sunday's win over the Bills. The tight end plans to appeal the suspension, but ESPN.com doesn't believe Gronk's absence will be a big deal as long as he's available for the Steelers game.
The Boston Globe says the appeal will be heard on Thursday. Dan Shaughnessy says there’s no defending Gronk in this situation. The Boston Herald says the appeal should be heard quickly. NBC Sports Boston says the Patriots will be ready to go without Gronkowski if necessary.
Looking back at the Bills win, the Boston Globe says the Patriots offense played right into Buffalo’s hands. The running game has given a big boost to the offense as of late. The Boston Herald report card says the Patriots still dominated despite a slow start. The Herald says the Patriots need to limit the amount of hits on Tom Brady.
Brady says offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is in high demand because he’s the best in the business.
The Patriot Ledger says it's been an eventful two weeks for Eric Lee. MassLive.com looks at the rare level of consistency the Patriots defense has reached over the last two months.
The Boston Sports Journal looks at the updated playoff picture in the AFC.
ESPN.com says Tom Brady is approaching some milestones.