Patriots Playoffs: Protecting Brady from Tennessee's pass rush


Frankly, there are a large number of people around town just like her, even hardcore Titans fans. With the inconsistent play from the Titans this season, it's not surprising that the Patriots - who have much more experience in postseason play - are expected to win by quite a bit.

Henry has played all but four of Tennessee's offensive snaps over the past two games. The Titans have now won two games in a row over AFC playoff teams (they beat Jacksonville, 15-10, in Week 17), and in those two games, Derrick Henry has piled up 308 total yards and two touchdowns on a whopping 54 touches.

For the Titans, a big key is to keep the game close. The wind chill was 7 degrees short of zero. "It just so happened that I played there, but it's really just the next team in front of us".

This is the first time since 2004 that the Patriots and Titans are matching up in the postseason.

On a fourth-and-12, McNair hit Drew Bennett from the Pats' 33-yard line in stride down the left sideline.

"He's very disappointed. I don't know if I've ever seen anyone work in a training room like he has to try and get better". He was an assistant coach on Jeff Fisher's staff that game. The legendary coach recently served as the defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004-2014, and lost to the Pats in the AFC Championship game on January 23, 2005, 41-27.

So fast forward to Saturday's game.

A report in ESPN claimed that the relationship between Brady, Belichick and owner Robert Kraft had become strained as a effect of "serious disagreements" between the trio, concerning the quarterback's trainer, body coach and business partner Alex Guerrero, the long-term plan at quarterback and the trade of Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers - as well as the veteran head coach's style. Belichick is 6-1 against the Titans. In this game versus New England, the Titans will need more of Henry.

Safety Duron Harmon and his buddies on the New England defense know they have to deal with Marcus Mariota's "unique skill" set when the Tennessee Titans visit the Patriots for Saturday night's AFC divisional playoff game. They can not fall behind the Patriots by double-digits and expect to come back like last week. Now the Titans make their way to Foxborough for the first time since quarterback Marcus Mariota's rookie campaign of 2015. He has to avoid interceptions and fumbles. After beating the Jaguars in the final week of the regular season just to get into the playoffs, they weren't favored last week in Kansas City either, but still managed to pull off the upset at Arrowhead. There is no stopping tight end Rob Gronkowski as long as Brady has time to throw the ball.

In this regular season the Titans ranked No. 23 in National Football League overall total offense.

They'll need a huge rushing day from the physical force that is running back Derrick Henry. Brady vs LeBeau in the offense defense battle.

Brady is 40 years old and has 25 playoff wins. Including playoffs, outscored opposition 246-97 in first quarter in 35 games dating back to '16... All eight of them are good teams.