Kirk Cousins’ passer rating since Week 9 of last season. That’s second-best in the NFL. During the 20-game stretch, the Washington Redskins quarterback has completed 69.4 percent of his passes (third), averaged 8.38 yards per attempt (first) and thrown 40 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. In the past three games, Cousins has completed 72.4 percent of his passes, thrown for 1,086 yards and totaled eight touchdowns without an interception. If the season ended today, the Redskins would be the No. 6 seed in the NFC. They are 2.5-point underdogs in Arizona on Sunday.
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44: The Kansas City Chiefs’ pressure percentage when Justin Houston is on the field. That number is 25 percent without Houston, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The 8-3 Chiefs are currently the No. 5 seed in the AFC but have the fourth-toughest remaining schedule, per Football Outsiders. The Atlanta Falcons (7-4), their opponents Sunday, have a one-game lead in the NFC South and are the No. 1 team in DVOA going into Week 13. Atlanta is a 5-point favorite at home.
Game Kids Vince Williams Jersey 2.6 (to 1): Tom Brady’s touchdown-to-interception ratio since 2010 without Rob Gronkowski, according to ESPN Stats & Info. As a point of reference, that would rank 16th in the NFL this season. With Gronkowski, that number is 5.1. Brady and the Patriots are 13.5-point home favorites against the Los Angeles Rams.
Gronkowski will remain underpaid in 2017; he will have a cap hit of just $7 million, eighth among tight ends and below that of Dennis Pitta and Charles Clay. The money in his deal really only spikes for the first time in 2018, six years after his extension was signed, when Gronk’s base salary rises from $4.25 million to $8 million and his cap hit jumps from $7 million to $11 million. In 2019, the final year of his deal, Gronkowski has a $9 million base salary and a $12 million cap hit.
Rob Gronkowski is believed to have suffered his initial chest injury on this hit from Earl Thomas.
The problem for Gronkowski is that none of that money is guaranteed. Zero. The Patriots will surely keep him for 2017, even if he doesn’t recover from the back surgery, because it would cost nearly as much money to trade or release Gronk ($6 million) as it would to keep him. It also would be nuts to move on from him this quickly, of course. If he doesn’t recover to his prior self, though, the Patriots could cut or trade him before 2018 and turn that $11 million into $4 million in dead money. Knowing Gronkowski’s injury history, they also could renegotiate that deal down to reduce Gronk’s cap hit, as they did with Amendola in recent years. In other words, the Patriots have all the leverage. And given his injury history, that’s a big deal.