Gronk won't save Pats' air attack

Rob Gronkowski helps the Pats, but he can't plug all of their offensive holes. Barry Chin/The Boston Globe/Getty Images

As the New England Patriots' offense struggled early in the season, as Tom Brady failed to finish in the red zone and as rookie wide receivers struggled even to be in the right place, the one bright spot on the horizon for the Pats was the eventual return of Rob Gronkowski.

In Week 7, Gronkowski finally made his 2013 debut, posting team highs in targets, receptions and receiving yards.

Despite Gronk accounting for more than a third of Brady's pass attempts, Brady failed to complete 50 percent of his passes for the third time this season. Despite Gronk playing 46 snaps, the Patriots still lost.

The Patriots are still 5-2 and were an ill-timed push from getting a shot at the victory in Week 7. But Brady and the offense have not been the same this season, and even a healthy Gronkowski won't save them.