10 things we want to see on Rob Gronkowski’s Instagram feed

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Rob Gronkowski #blessed us all by deciding to join Instagram. The Patriots TE unveiled his account with a great video recapping his eventful offseason.

With such an incredible first Instagram video that garnered almost a million views, where does @Gronk go from here? The NBC Sports staff took a look and came up with the 10 things we want to see from Gronk’s Instagram feed.

Food Posts

We’re guessing that Gronk does not have the same incredibly strict diet as Tom and Gisele, but what exactly is he eating? I’m expecting a giant turkey leg with some mashed potatoes. However this is instagram, so maybe a Starbucks latte or an artfully crafted burrito will make an appearance.   Or even something like this:

Who says you can't wrap bacon with bacon? #lolaslickinbbq #bacon #corn #steak

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Thanksgiving at the Gronk’s

How awesome would Thanskgiving be at the Gronkowski household? There would probably be a very intense family Thanksgiving football game, followed by a great turkey and after a nap, a potential outing on the Gronk party bus.

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Tour of his closet

Many athletes have a good sense of fashion and Gronk is no exception. Seeing his closet would be pretty cool. It’s probably filled with designer threads and workout gear. What sort of bling does he have? Is his closet organized by colors or styles or not at all?  However, the biggest question: Are there shirts that are not jerseys and have sleeves?

Freestyling or a rap

Gronk has proven with the Gronk Boat that he can also be an off-field performer, but his rap career preceded the cruise. He joined fellow Boston athlete, David Ortiz, in a slew of Dunkin Donuts commercials and was spotted rapping at a bar. Maybe Damien Lillard can help him out on a #4BarFriday?

Spelling Bee

Imagine how hard kindergarten was when having to spell G-R-O-N-K-O-W-S-K-I on every piece of paper. Gronk has to be pretty good at spelling because of all this vigorous training. There were some days that I struggled with Tess.

Gronk with baby cubs

I’m just going to leave this photo here and then you tell me if Gronk with baby cubs wouldn’t be the most-liked photo on Instagram in a long time.

Behind the scenes at the Kentucky Derby

Everyone saw the Patriots try to pull off the sports double-header by going from the Kentucky Derby to Mayweather-Pacquiao fight last year. Seeing the complete craziness from Gronk’s perspective would be awesome for fans and would be amazing TV.

141st Kentucky Derby - General Atmosphere

Gronk golfing

The golf course is supposed to be a relatively quiet place. How will the rather rambunctious Rob Gronkowski fare on the green? Would he start laughing at something during someone’s swing? Will he drink John Dalys or Arnold Palmers on the course?  We not exactly sure if Gronk can golf, or which pro would willingly sign up to be in a foursome with him.  Maybe John Daly because he’ll understand being loud?

Slip ‘n slide

He’s sliding down a slide in the first Instagram and the slip ‘n slide antics are well documented. So why not share it with everyone on Instagram?

Beer pong vs. Brady/Belichick

Gronk’s party nature only encourages the delusion that this will happen at some point. Julian Edelman will definitely supersede any other Patriot as his beer pong partner against a Tom Brady-Bill Belichick super team. We’re hoping that the ping pong balls will be inflated. Brady will call elbows at least twice a round, while Gronk will chug all of the beer. But who would win? Gronk and Edelman would probably have to defer to their head coach if they wanted to keep their minutes.

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Got a better idea? Let us know @NBCSports.

Falcons set to duel Packers as betting favorites on Sunday Night Football

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The Atlanta Falcons might never live down their Super Bowl LI collapse, but that was one game and Matt Ryan and cohorts are reliable when they are laying points.

The Falcons are listed as three-point favorites on the NFL Week 2 odds against the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers with a 55.5-point total in their Sunday Night Football matchup, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Falcons are 7-0 straight-up and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games as a favorite, as well as 7-1 both SU and ATS in their last eight games in Week 2. The Packers are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games against the NFC South division.

The teams’ last three matchups, including last season’s NFC Championship Game, have had totals of 65, 65 and 80 points.

Green Bay, which is 1-0 SU and ATS, can likely count on Rodgers continuing his success (325.6 yards/game in seven career games) against Atlanta. Having WR Jordy Nelson, who was out all last season, available this time around should help Green Bay move the ball. They will have to contend with Atlanta being deep on the defensive line, particularly in the interior where it’s added DT Dontari Poe. Getting pressure up the middle is usually about the only way to disrupt Rodgers.

Two of Rodgers’ primary protectors, LT David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and RT Bryan Bulaga (ankle/illness) have not had a full week of practice. Their health will factor in whether the Packers extend a trend of being 9-1 SU over their last 10 games.

The main concern for Atlanta, which is 1-0 SU and 0-1 ATS, is that it bogged down in the rushing phase during its Week 1 road win against the Chicago Bears, as RG Wes Schweitzer in particular struggled. However, notwithstanding disruptive DT Mike Daniels, Green Bay doesn’t appear to be as deep in the front seven at Chicago.

When Atlanta clears space for RB Devonta Freeman and RB Tevin Coleman to get going, Ryan and the passing game is that much more dangerous.

Julio Jones and fellow WRs such as Taylor Gabriel will have a tougher matchup than they did in the NFC Championship Game in January, now that CB Davon House and CB Damarious Randall have shored up the Packers’ secondary. Ultimately, Atlanta just has too many dangerous receivers to be shut down totally.

The total has gone over in seven of the Packers’ last eight games, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The total has gone over in four of the Falcons’ last five games in September.

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Best Fantasy Football waiver wire pick-ups for Week 2

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By Rotoworld.com

Welcome to the 2nd edition of Waiver Wired for the 2017 season. The opening weekend did not produce a large number of injuries, but that will not help ease the pain of David Johnson, Allen Robinson, and Danny Woodhead owners. Kevin White owners were already in pain at having Kevin White on their team, but his injury is yet another blow. Unfortunately for Robinson and White, their seasons are already over, although there is a slight chance White makes a late-season return. Johnson’s and Woodhead’s timelines are less certain, but both likely will miss significant time. All of that added to several surprise performances creates a hectic situation on the Week 2 wire.

As a reminder, the drop list consists of players who are no longer must-owns, recommended adds are available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, the watch list consists of players who are worthy of a roster spot if possible, and deep cuts are players owned in five percent or fewer of Yahoo leagues.

The Drop List
QB: Andy Dalton
RB:
Eddie Lacy, Darren McFadden
WR:
Allen Robinson, Kevin White
TE: 
C.J. Fiedorowicz

There were concerns about how Dalton would fare behind a bad offensive line, and at least through one week, those seem legitimate. With the Texans coming to town on Thursday night, Dalton is almost impossible to trust this week, and he is not good enough to stash on the bench. Even with Thomas Rawls out, Lacy only played seven snaps against the Packers. He looks done. McFadden was a surprise inactive Week 1, and it looks like Alfred Morris has earned the backup job behind Ezekiel Elliott. There are not any receivers owned in enough leagues I feel comfortable calling a drop, so I will take the cop out with the injured guys. After suffering a concussion Week 1, Fiedorowicz is unlikely to play on a short week, and he is not good enough to stash.

Quarterbacks
1. Alex Smith
2. Sam Bradford
3. Tyrod Taylor

Running Backs
1. Tarik Cohen
2. Buck Allen
3. Chris Carson
4. James White
5. Kerwynn Williams
6. Alvin Kamara
7. Chris Johnson
8. Darren Sproles
9. Andre Ellington

Wide Receivers
1. Corey Davis
2. Kenny Golladay
3. Cooper Kupp
4. Nelson Agholor
5. Danny Amendola
6. Paul Richardson
7. Marqise Lee
8. Zay Jones
9. Kendall Wright
10. Markus Wheaton
11. Allen Hurns

Tight Ends
1. Cameron Brate
2. Jared Cook
3. Charles Clay
4. Julius Thomas

Defense/Special Teams
1. Ravens
2. Bengals
3. Raiders
Looking Ahead: Packers

Kickers
1. Giorgio Tavecchio
2. Cairo Santos
3. Phil Dawson
Looking Ahead: Graham Gano