We've talked a lot about the Rob Gronkowski Effect in recent weeks.
Whether it's his impact in the red zone, the run game, the passing game, on third down... ok you're depressed enough, I get it.
However, here is a different kind of example of the Gronk Effect. The effect of having millions of people being way less interested in your game with Gronk on season ending injured reserve.
Bears-Eagles game on Dec. 22 has been flexed to Sunday night, replacing Patriots-Ravens.
— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) December 10, 2013
That's right, the New England Patriots. The team led by Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, the team that's been in 6 of the last 12 Super Bowls and won half of them, the team that just lost the AFC championship game to the eventual Super Bowl winning Ravens.
They're not compelling enough for Sunday Night Football anymore.
This is the second time a Patriots game has been flexed (Houston-New England was flexed) but this one is much more puzzling.
It's hard to think that this move isn't directly related to the recent season ending injury to star tight end Rob Gronkowski. Does this mean NBC thinks the Patriots will get blown out in this game? They certainly can't think the Ravens will be the one's getting blown out, can they?
Baltimore's historically had success against New England, especially at home, and they've had their struggles this year but they're still a relatively healthy team and are in the lead for the sixth seed in the AFC.
Whatever the case, adjust your schedules. The Patriots will face the Ravens at 4:25 pm in two weeks on December 22nd.