Morning Sports Update: Bills aren’t overly complimentary of Rob Gronkowski

Two Bills players downplayed Gronkowski's historic numbers.

The Bills think Tom Brady has played a big role in Gronkowski's success.
The Bills think Tom Brady has played a big role in Gronkowski's success. –The Associated Press

The Patriots beat the Bills Sunday afternoon, while the Cubs forced a Game 6 in the World Series.

Bills not impressed by Rob Gronkowski, credit Tom Brady for his success: The Bills pulled no punches when admitting their disdain for the Patriots, and they had more to say after the game. “When Tom Brady wasn’t here, you didn’t hear [Gronkowski],” linebacker Zach Brown said, adding that he was more impressed with Martellus Bennett. Safety Corey Graham echoed the sentiment, saying “He uses his body well, but he’s got Tom Brady. I mean, Tom Brady’s Tom Brady.” (NESN)

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Tom Brady enjoyed seeing Bills fans leave early in rout: Tom Brady was at his best in Buffalo, despite the unruly Bills fans jeering at him from the stands. But Brady also appreciated the love his team gets on the road. “I think the best part is at the end,” Brady said. “That’s the best part because you know we’ve had a lot of experiences where there are 70,000 people against you and at the end there are 5,000 Patriots fans, on the road, that are cheering for you. That’s a great motivation for us…” (WEEI)

Paul Pierce continues his esteemed Halloween costume tradition with the rest of the Pierce family: Paul Pierce has just one season left in his NBA career, but thanks to social media, Pierce figures to remain in fans’ lives well beyond the end of his career. Pierce has a tradition of “doing it big” on Halloween, and this year was no different as Pierce got his whole family involved. To fit the theme, Pierce had to sacrifice the use of one hand in favor of a hook. (Boston.com)

Rob Gronkowski got a call from Stanley Morgan after breaking his touchdown record: Gronkowski may not have impressed the Bills, but he did set a Patriots record Sunday. Gronk tallied his 69th career receiving touchdown, moving past Patriots great Stanley Morgan as the franchise’s all-time leader in that category. The 61 year-old Morgan called Gronk after the game to extend his own congratulations, and Gronk called the gesture “something special.” (Boston.com)

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Rex Ryan: Tom Brady is ‘right up there in the conversation’ of best ever: The presumable frontrunner for MVP Tom Brady secured his status as one of the all-time greats when he won a 4th Super Bowl Ring in 2015, and that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Rex Ryan. “He’s right up there in the conversation,” the Bills coach said, when asked if Brady was the best ever. But Ryan pointed out that this season, Brady looks as good as he has ever seen him on his quest for another ring. (Boston.com)

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