NFL Divisional Playoff Preview: Titans at Patriots

NFL Divisional Playoff Preview: Titans at Patriots

Antonio Brown was sent home from Steelers practice Friday, but it wasn't because of the calf injury he's been nursing for the past four weeks. "Just do whatever I can to help the team win".

"The one thing you got to try to do is not let him read you like a book, which he's very adept at", LeBeau said. Marcus Mariota is the key.

Forget the fact that Belichick was again thrust into the national spotlight in a long series of controversies, with the infamous Spygate and Deflategate episodes still resonating all these years later.

The flight from Nashville to Providence is typically about two hours, so adding on three hours to the journey certainly could not have been pleasant for the Titans, who are 13.5-point underdogs for Saturday night's game in Foxboro. Marcus Mariota has thrown more interceptions (15) than touchdowns (13), which in this day and age is nearly unheard of. The Titans didn't abandon the run, though.

Tom Brady won't see Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs that smoked his New England Patriots to open the season. These are some big words, and no doubt Brady has had some rough games this season, but Byard will have his work cut out for him if he intends to make such a star quarterback look like hot garbage on the field. "You've got to prepare the same". After all, this is the playoffs and this is Tom Brady.

"For us to go out there and earn a first-round bye since I've been here has been great". Oakland made the playoffs last season, but didn't this season.

The Titans believe, based on his performance in Kansas City, that Mariota has put his sub-par regular season behind him.

Why they'll lose: Tom Brady is an ageless wonder who led the National Football League in passing yardage, and ranked both third in touchdowns and passer rating. Rookie cornerback Adoree' Jackson and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo forced three fumbles, each, this year.

Distractions, though, are nothing new to the Patriots - and they've been able to overcome them more often than not. Brady reiterated on Thursday that his mind remains on the field.

However, it's not just mobile quarterbacks who have posed problems for the Patriots when it comes to scrambling.

"All (Bennett) had to do was catch the ball, " McGinnis sighed. Dion Lewis is another talented receiving-back for the Pats. The Titans' defense was the worst unit this year at defending pass-catching.


That's unlikely, however, and that's part of why Big Ben wants this rematch.

Defense:Derrick Henry (22) ran all over KC last week for 156 yards and a TD.

SportsLine's model is calling for a 29-19 Patriots victory, good enough to move on to the AFC Championship Game but not enough to cover the spread.

Saturday, live on WTKR, the AFC's top seed, New England, hosts Tennessee.

Last weekend he threw a touchdown pass to himself off a deflection.

Delanie Walker is Mr.

Rob Gronkowski (69 catches, 1,084 yards, eight TDs) will be a handful for a team that usually struggles to cover the tight end. This week Murray has not practiced and is already ruled out for what should be the last game of the Titans season. The Chiefs scored on the drive Kelce went down but only completed 5-of-10 passes for 33 yards in the second half. It's all about containment for Matt Patricia's defense. "I've just got to take it one day at a time right now".

The red zone needs to continue being a strength for this defensive unit.

The Atlanta Falcons also impressed in winning their wild card match-up, at the LA Rams, but they face a tough divisional play-off visit to the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday.

The big edge here for New England is in punt- and kick-return coverage. It's on them to make sure he fails.

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