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Titans vs. Patriots: Preview, score prediction for Divisional Round
14 January 2018, 07:32 | Devin Moran
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The third revenge tour in the last 10 years starts Saturday night against an inferior Titans team. Many have acknowledged that in order for any team to win the big one, they have to get through the New England Patriots.
And amid reported turmoil involving Brady, owner Robert Kraft and coachBill Belichick, the quarterback isn't likely to lose focus. But Brady says he's never doubted his team's ability to compartmentalize potential distractions. "When you talk about the way I see things, the way you guys see things, the way the writer may see things, the way CoachBelichick may see things, everyone has different truths based on their perspectives". "They got a bye week, so they're probably feeling really confident". Meanwhile, prior to beating the Kansas City Chiefs in comeback fashion in the wild-card round, Tennessee hadn't won a road playoff game since 2004. His team went 13-3, claimed the AFC's top seed and scored the second-most points in the National Football League, even as his favourite target, Julian Edelman, missed the season with a torn knee ligament. It doesn't really matter what happens outside of this facility, and what we're trying to accomplish. "That's fine", he said. So it's easy for people to overlook us. So, no surprise he is 25-9 (.735) as postseason starter.
To get it, they'll have to stop a quarterback that has been almost unbeatable in this round of the postseason. A Brady-to-Troy Brown 4-yard completion on fourth-and-3 put the Patriots into field goal range.
PREDICTION: It took tremendous persistence and some good luck for the Titans to win at Kansas City last week.
The Titans now have to contend with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who led New England with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in only 14 games. The Titans'passing game is at its best when Mariota gets outside of the pocket. "I think he saw that, and, obviously, he's a quick, fast learner".
Currently, Henry leads the team with 744 yards rushing. The Titans will once again be without veteran running back DeMarco Murray, who is dealing with a knee injury.
The last time the Titans were double-digit underdogs against anyone was Week 15 of the 2015 season. The Titans are lucky to be in the playoffs. Linebackers Brian Orakpo (seven) and Wesley Woodyard (five) give the Titans a variety of options to attack Brady, not counting backup linebacker Erik Walden (four). "So, we've played quarterbacks like this where we do want to try to keep him in the pocket, but I think that's just the beginning part of it".
Special teamer Matthew Slater, another of the Patriots' key locker room leaders, downplayed the huge experience advantage his team has, parroting what Belichick has told his players. That's more such players than 11 other playoff teams combined (13). Dick LeBeau's defenses have done a good job against the run throughout his Hall of Fame career. Stuff both of those Pro Bowl running backs, and you have to figure out a way to get to a man who breaks single-season throwing records for fun in Drew Brees.
The respect between the two is mutual.
"Whoever does that better is going to win the game over the course of 60 minutes", he said.
Delon Wright plays just 18 minutes Thursday in Raptors' win
Although they have yet to master it like Golden State, Toronto's 29-11 record is a franchise best at the 40-game mark of a season. Lance Stephenson's stat line for the game looked like this: 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and a whole lot of air guitar.