New England Patriots at Arizona Cardinals - 9/11/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The two heavyweights bring Sunday's slate of contests to a close at 8:30 p.m. ET. Rob Gronkowski will miss the season opener with a hamstring injury.

Gronkowski's absence takes away a top weapon from third-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who makes his first career regular-season start. Garoppolo could have benefitted from Gronk's presence, even if it was as a decoy, taking away a couple Arizona defenders, which in turn would have freed up others. All for a Week 1 game? Among them the San Diego Chargers will be traveling to the Kansas City Chiefs hoping to claim an opening game road win.

Answer: There was no point.

"I think it's going to be a true team effort to try to replace what he's built here and what he's been able to do, week in and week out", McCourty said. That's when he really needs to be healthy.

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Getting inside New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's head and predicting how his team is going to attack an upcoming opponent is an exercise in futility. The Patriots list eight players as "questionable" on Friday, but the team doesn't have to rule anyone out until Saturday. The Cardinals chose to just run the ball against the Patriots, all the way down to the goal line. The Cardinals also have Tyrann Mathieu seeing his first extended game action since tearing his ACL and will be starting rookie Brandon Williams at corner after Mike Jenkins tore his ACL, while veteran Justin Bethel is dealing with a foot injury.

That's just how it is.

"We don't get to play", he said. "It's super big, and I'm just doing the best I can". Gronk had previously stated that he was "not 100%".

Well, that might be part of it, but the bottom line remains the same. In fact, he won't be playing any of the first four games of the season. The Patriots start the season against the Cardinals with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension and Rob Gronkowski back home nursing a pulled hamstring. That means that for fantasy football players, there will be some players to play and some to sit.

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