Rob Gronkowski is believed to have suffered his initial chest injury on this hit from Earl Thomas

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Gronkowski got just that $12.9 million in cash over the first three years of his contract, which is staggeringly low. To put that number in context, the far inferior Jared Cook got $17 million over the first three years of his deal when he hit free agency the following season. Gronkowski’s cap hit was 17th among tight ends in 2012, 21st in 2013, and ninth in 2014 before rising to second last year. This year, it’s sixth in the league at $6.6 million, behind the likes of Jordan Cameron ($8 million), Julius Thomas ($7.3 million) and Kyle Rudolph (also $7.3 million).

By getting that $8 million signing bonus two years before free agency, Gronkowski capped his future earnings over the next six years. With base salaries of less than $5 million between 2012 and 2017, the significant money in Gronkowski’s deal came way down the line and was totally unguaranteed. (This is why you shouldn’t listen when articles say somebody has the “biggest” contract unless it’s talking about guaranteed money.) The first gate Gronkowski had to crash was 2016. The Patriots started footing the cap bill for a $10 million option bonus in 2015 but then actually paid the cash out to Gronk this year, stretching the other four cap hits for that bonus through each of the four remaining seasons on his deal.
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Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints: Brees is completing an NFL-best 71.5 percent of his passes, and the Lions are allowing opponents to complete a league-high 74.0 percent. The Saints’ three most recent losses have been by a total of 11 points. With a victory, New Orleans would get back to .500 at 6-6.

LeSean McCoy’s monster day: He has been a handful for opponents all season long. McCoy has 819 rushing yards and is averaging 5.22 YPC. His elusiveness combined with the Buffalo Bills’ blocking has led to a yards-before-contact average of 3.81, the top mark among all NFL running backs. The Oakland Raiders’ defense is 27th against the run, and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, their plus-32 point differential is the second-worst mark in league history among teams that have started 9-2 or better.

The end of the Miami Dolphins’ win streak: The Dolphins have won six in a row, but they face a difficult matchup against Baltimore. The Ravens have the top defense in the NFL and the sixth-ranked special-teams unit through the first 12 weeks. Adam Gase has done an excellent job in his first season in Miami, but this is a tough spot for the Dolphins, who are 3.5-point underdogs.