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What pundits were saying about Patriots on Sunday: ‘Gronk is playing the kind of football that belongs somewhere on Mars’

11.24.14 at 1:14 pm ET
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Bob Costas has been impressed by the recent run of the Patriots. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Bob Costas has been impressed by the recent run of the Patriots. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Here’s a sampling of what some of the national pundits were saying about the Patriots in the wake of their 34-9 win over the Lions Sunday:

Bob Costas after the game on NBC’s “Football Night in America”: “There is no hotter team than the New England Patriots. Not that long ago, 2-2, the sky was falling in New England. Now they’ve reeled off seven straight wins. And they’re not just beating people, they are crushing people.”

Hines Ward after the game on NBC’s “Football Night in America”: “It’s hard to believe the AFC Championship Game won’t be in New England. The Patriots offense just ran through a tough Detroit defense with ease … I think (Brandon) Browner and (Darrelle) Revis are the best cornerback tandem in the NFL.”

Tony Dungy after the game on NBC’s “Football Night in America” on the end-of-game play where Lions center Dominic Raiola dove at Patriots defensive tackle Zach Moore: “I was surprised the Patriots didn’t take a knee there at the end of the game and tried to score. That still doesn’t excuse going after a guy’s knee. There’s no place in the game for that.”

Rodney Harrison after the game on NBC’s “Football Night in America”: “This is what Bill Belichick preaches from the very first day of training camp, playing 60 minutes. This is professional football. You’re getting paid millions and millions of dollars. This is not high school … (Bill Belichick) wants to lay a foundation for his younger players. That’s why he always finishes. It doesn’t matter if it’s Cincinnati, if it’s Indianapolis, if it’s the Denver Broncos, he’s preaching 60 minutes.”

Rodney Harrison after the game on NBC’s “Football Night in America” on Bill Belichick’s philosophy regarding Darrelle Revis: “He’s taken his best cornerback, Darrelle Revis, and he puts him on the number two wide receiver. And he completely shut Golden Tate down this week and last week he did the same thing to Reggie Wayne. What they’re doing is they’re taking Brandon Browner, they’re giving him help over the top, and he’s negating the number one receiver.”

Rodney Harrison after the game on NBC’s “Football Night in America”: “The strength of this team might be the defense.”

Steve Mariucci on NFL Network’s Total Access after the game on the difference with the New England Patriots since their Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs: “They’re protecting Tom [Brady] better, they’re catching the ball [and] they’re playing good defense. That secondary has the best four corners in the league and they can lock you down.”

Deion Sanders on NFL Network’s Total Access after the game on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski: “Tom Brady and [Rob Gronkowski] may be the best combination in the game.”

Michael Irvin on NFL Network’s Total Access after the game on tight end Rob Gronkowski and the New England Patriots: “This is the best [Rob Gronkowski] we have ever seen with the New England Patriots right now and they are by far the team that is rolling right. Gronk is playing the kind of football that belongs somewhere on Mars.”

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