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BSJ Daily Briefing 12.04.17: Gronk’s late hit gets the spotlight after Pats win

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A few scattered thoughts after the Pats' eighth straight win, Ohtani passing on the Sox and another double dip for the Bruins and Celtics looming on Monday night

  • Greg and Chris had you covered wall-to-wall per usual from Buffalo. I'm incredibly curious to see how this Rob Gronkowski late hit situation plays out. Greg noted in his game report that he doesn't think the tight end will be suspended. A large fine is certainly coming at the least.
  • Ohtani will not be heading to the Red Sox or anywhere in the Eastern time zone, it appears. With the Giancarlo Stanton trade talks reportedly heating up this week, hopefully the big dominoes start to fall so some other free agency movement occurs across the league in the coming days. Sean will be on top of it all for BSJ from the Winter Meetings in Orlando this weekend.
  • Celtics get a nice little test on Monday night against a new-look Bucks team with Eric Bledsoe at the helm at point guard. While Bledsoe is scary, seeing a little less of Malcolm Brogdon is probably a good thing for Boston. He's repeatedly had big games against them in his first two seasons.
  • Bruins are quietly turning their season around in a major way over the past couple weeks as they climb up the Division standings with some better goaltending and better health once again. Joey Mac will be on the scene in Nashville for a tough test Monday night with Anton Khudobin back in net.

Onto the links....

CATCHING UP

Patriots

Analysis: Eric Lee's interception came from practice, team execution

BSJ Game Report: Patriots 23, Bills 3: Gronk, RBs and defense lead the way

Rob Gronkowski's frustration gets the better of him at the end of Sunday's win

Week 12 Patriots’ offensive and defensive statistics from PFF

5 thoughts about the performance of the Patriots running game Sunday

As Patriots defense delivers another dominant effort, Stephon Gilmore gets revenge on old team

Podcast: Bedard on Patriots postgame show 12.03.17

Patriots crush Bills, 23-3, for eighth straight win

Video: Devin McCourty on win over the Bills

Video: Bill Belichick on win vs. Bills

Video: Tom Brady on McDaniels dust up: It's just football

Video: Rob Gronkowski apologizes for late hit, explains frustration

Bruins

NHL Notes: Zdeno Chara's stick collection now includes Connor McDavid

Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin gets the nod against the Predators

Analysis: Brandon Carlo finding his game

Celtics

NBA Notebook: Why the Celtics might want to use their disabled player exception this week

Red Sox

Red Sox told they're out of the running for Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani

ON TAP

10:30 a.m.: Bill Belichick Conference Call (Price)
7:30 p.m.: Bucks at Celtics, NBCSN (Robb)
8:00 p.m.: Bruins at Predators, NESN (McDonald)

PARTING THOUGHT

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