The Patriots should be able to pick apart the Titans' secondary if they take the time and precision to do it, but they will have to be careful in their approach. So Mariota will have to throw a clean game Saturday for the Titans to have a chance. Additionally, the Titans Week 17 upset over the Jacksonville Jaguars assured they would not miss the playoffs. While the Patriots are fully expected to run away with this one, we're going to take a look at three x-factors for their side as they push for yet another Super Bowl.
Brady had not met with a large contingent of local reporters prior to Thursday to discuss the ESPN report of discord at the top of the Patriots' hierarchy.
Many people are surprised it is the Titans whom the Patriots are hosting this weekend.
"At the end of the day, it's not about old guys are going to win or young guys are going to win, the home team, the road team", he said.
The first, and I promised the last time, I covered the Patriots-Titans in a divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium was on January 10, 2004. We've earned it, the Titans have earned it and I'm sure it'll be a very competitive game.
Tailgaters' beer froze solid. As soon as I got here from OTAs, trying to groom me, teach me and help me develop.
We know the Patriots will be ready to face the Titans. Rex Burkhead had eight receiving touchdowns, which was the best in the National Football League for a running back, before he went down with an injury in Week 15.
Jones said he practices each week as though his role will go beyond special teams. "It's a totally different coaching staff from there". Understandably, many eyes have turned to Ryan, who has two Super Bowl rings from his time in New England.
So fast forward to Saturday's game.
He also is 6-0 against Mike Mularkey-coached teams. Belichick is 6-1 against the Titans.
A few hours before the New England Patriots' first practice of the week in preparation for Saturday night's divisional playoff game against the Titans (10-7) at Gillette Stadium, head coach Bill Belichick stepped to the microphone Tuesday morning for his initial press conference of the week. Unfortunately, this is the New England Patriots. They are treating this game as a bye week.
Henry teamed with quarterback Marcus Mariota to pile up a franchise-record 202 yards rushing for a postseason game. He has to avoid interceptions and fumbles.
The offensive line has to have its most productive game and the receivers have to hold on to the football.
"It's hard to see [Brady] go to another level of intensity, because he's always intense", All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski said. Unfortunately for them, they have not been quite as successful when it comes to defending opposing arms (25th ranked passing defense).
"In 18 years, I've never celebrated when someone has been traded, been cut", the 40-year-old added, describing the report as "completely wrong".