Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

AFC Divisional Playoff Preview and Predictions: Tennessee Titans vs. New England Patriots

AFC Divisional Playoff Preview and Predictions: Tennessee Titans vs. New England Patriots

Yet on WEEI's "Kirk & Callahan" radio show this week, Brady did not exactly dismiss reports that all was not well in the New England organization.

If we were to just pick which team has the better QB between Drew Brees and Case Keenum?

The Steelers may have been ready, but the Patriots won when the game was played the following Sunday. It's not scaring off bettors so far as the New England Patriots are taking more than 70 per cent of the early action.

That process resumes at Gillette Stadium in prime time, as the Patriots host a Titans team coming off a spectacular 22-21 comeback win over the Chiefs in Kansas City in last weekend's wild-card round. This time around, however, we may be seeing the beginning of the end of New England's dynasty.

If the Titans want any shot in this game, they'll need to figure out how to stop Rob Gronkowski.

After receiving a first-round bye, the Patriots are 13.5-point favorites over Tennessee.

The Patriots and Titans haven't played each other since the 2015 season, but in the seven games in which Brady and Belichick have faced the Titans, the Patriots are 6-1, including a playoff win in January 2004. Quarterback Marcus Mariota was supposed to join the elite quarterbacks in the league, while the Titans' dominant offensive line was supposed to lead the league's top rushing attack with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. Perhaps he can do the same when matched up with the electric Patriots receiver Brandin Cooks.

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The Patriots ProShop at Gillette Stadium felt nearly like an airport terminal Friday as fans from far and wide geared up for this weekend's showdown with the Titans.

"These are fun games to play in".

A better topic of discussion came from Titans safety Kevin Byard who stated openly that he wanted to make Brady look like Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles. The Patriots win the toss and elect to receive.

Now it's up to Bill Belichick and the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots (13-3) to slow down Henry on Saturday night in their AFC divisional game. (That year ended in a loss in the NFC Championship game to the Saints). In the first 5 games of the year, Brady was sacked 16 times, but in the final 5, he was sacked just 11 times.

Chris Hogan should be back to team up with Tom Brady on Saturday. However, I have the Patriots winning this game 27-20. Mariota's passer rating was 79.3, and he completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,232 yards, 13 TDs and 15 INTs.

Still, something just feels different about the latest Patriots-Brady chatter, which has produced consternation and uproar in Patriots Nation and the large. In last postseason game (SB LI), RB James White set single-game SB record with 14 catches and scored three touchdowns. Locker leaves the game in the fourth quarter with a left shoulder injury.

Mariota, who was drafted second overall by the Titans after winning the Heisman Trophy at OR as a junior in 2014, rushed for 52 yards and four first downs on five carries (excluding three kneeldowns) as the Titans upset the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend.

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