Graham: Can the Bills stop Gronk on Monday night?

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Will it be a trick or a treat for the Bills Monday night against the New England Patriots.  Tom Brady and the Patriots enter riding a four game winning streak and having scored 38 points in each of those four victories.

From Julian Edeleman, to James White and Rob Gronkowski Brady has plenty of weapons to choose from.  But it’s Gronk who, along with Brady, has tortured the Bills throuhgout his career.

The Athletic’s Tim Graham took a look at the numbers.

Rob Gronkowski is well along the path to Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A case can be made he’s the greatest tight end of all-time.

Noteworthy to establishing his greatness over the years are his performances against the Buffalo Bills.

The colossus from Williamsville North is back again on Monday night.

If Gronkowski played an entire season’s worth of games with what he averages against Buffalo, then he would have 81 receptions, thirteen-hundred yards and 15 touchdowns.

That’s All-Pro caliber. That’s Hall of Fame caliber.

Western New York sports fans USUALLY love their local boys who go on to great things … and perhaps they would begrudgingly respect all of Gronkowski’s success with the hated Patriots — even at the Bills’ expense — had he not turned heel last December in Orchard Park.

In a game when Gronk made nine catches for 147 yards, and with the Patriots up by 20 points late in the fourth quarter, he delivered a flying cheap shot that injured defenseless cornerback Tre’Davious White and started a melee that somehow caused the Bills to lose 15 yards after all the penalties offset.

Gronk taunted Bills fans on his way out New Era Field, so you can bet there will be extra boos for him Monday night.

Maybe they’ll get some satisfaction for a change. The Bills’ defense has contained tight ends so far this season. Only one tight end has caught more than three passes. They’ve totaled just three touchdowns through seven games, and one was in garbage time.

The best game for an opposing tight end was Minnesota’s Kyle Rudolph, who had five catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. But, prior to the fourth quarter of that Bills blowout, he had one reception for 6 yards.

The Bills have given up only thirteen first-down catches to tight ends, and four of those belong to Rudolph when the Bills were in prevent defense.

But fans probably should be cautious and not assume the Bills will have Gronk solved.

It’s not nearly as easy to imagine a defense shutting Gronk down as it is to picture another one of his infamous atomic spikes in the Bill’s end zone.

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