The Home Team: Gronk found end zone against Texas

2013-12-05T00:00:00Z The Home Team: Gronk found end zone against TexasBy Andrew Cockrum Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Rob Gronkowski has caught a touchdown pass in four of his six games since returning to action.

The former Arizona Wildcat found the end zone in the first quarter Sunday, when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady found him for a 23-yard touchdown.

Gronkowski finished with six receptions and 127 yards, helping New England to a 34-31 victory over the Texans. New England owns a 4-2 record with Gronkowski on the field this season.

Gronkowski (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Browns. The last time the UA product faced the Browns was in 2010, when he lost the first fumble of his career.

Player of the Week

Nick Foles QB,

Philadelphia Eagles

The ex-Wildcat tossed three touchdown passes Sunday on the way to a 24-21 victory over the Cardinals. Foles racked up 237 yards through the air and completed 21 of 34 passes. He still leads the NFL with a 125.2 quarterback rate. Foles and the Eagles face the Detroit Lions on Sunday in a matchup with NFC playoff implications.

Four to watch

Nick Folk K,

New York Jets

Folk nailed a 20-yard kick Sunday for his 25th field goal of the year. He is five shy of his single-season field goal record heading into this week’s game against the Raiders.

Antoine Cason DB,

Arizona Cardinals

Cason recovered a fumble and returned it for 16 yards in the second quarter of Arizona’s loss at Philadelphia. The Cardinals will try to start a new winning-streak in Week 14 against the St. Louis Rams.

Robert Golden DB,

Pittsburgh Steelers

The former Wildcat registered his 11th tackle of

the season in Pittsburgh’s Thanksgiving Day loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Golden and the Steelers take on the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Heinz Field.

Brooks Reed LB,

Houston Texans

The UA and Sabino High School alum compiled two tackles Sunday against the Patriots to bring his season total to 41. The Texans will try to end their 10-game losing streak tonight at Jacksonville.

The Big Number

50 Rob Gronkowski had his longest reception of the season, a 50-yarder, at the start of the second half Sunday in Houston. The catch was two yards shy of his career long.

Give the Devil his due

Every week, we highlight one former ASU player who’s playing well at the pro level.

Zach Miller TE,

Seattle Seahawks

Miller caught five passes, including his fourth touchdown of the

year, in a win Monday against the New Orleans Saints. The former Sun Devil accumulated

86 yards in the game for a season high. Miller and the Seahawks will look

to extend their winning streak to

eight games on Sunday at San Francisco.

He Said It

“He’s the starting quarterback for the next 1,000 years here.”

— Eagles coach Chip Kelly, on former Arizona Wildcat Nick Foles, who has thrown for 1,791 yards, 19 touchdowns and no interceptions this season.

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