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Why Rob Gronkowski should have monster game vs. Titans

Ryan Hannable
January 13, 2018 - 12:52 pm

Looking at the stats, Tennessee’s defense ranked 13th overall and 17th in points allowed during the regular season, but really struggled against the pass coming in at 25th.

Specifically, it really had issues covering running backs and tight ends. This could set the stage for a huge game from Rob Gronkowski Saturday night in the AFC divisional round.

Consider this: In Tennessee’s last seven games, it has allowed 34 catches for 454 yards and seven touchdowns to opposing tight ends, including four catches on four targets for 66 yards and a touchdown to Travis Kelce last week in limited action.

It’s worth noting besides Kelce, they didn’t exactly face the greatest of tight ends, either.

For Gronkowski specifically, in four games against Dick LeBeau defenses, he has 26 catches on 35 targets for 363 yards and five touchdowns.

With Gronkowski missing the postseason last year due to season-ending back surgery, he will surely be looking forward to being back on the field in a playoff atmosphere.

“I’m just excited to be back right now,” he said Wednesday. “Just excited to be back on the field with the teammates and just appreciating that.”

In the regular season Gronkowski had 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns. He was also named a first-team All-Pro.

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