Tune in to Saturday night's Patriots-Titans AFC Divisional Round game on WBZ-TV - the flagship station of the New England Patriots.
Both New England and Atlanta reached the conference championship round in 2017. Including playoffs, outscored opposition 246-97 in first quarter in 35 games dating back to '16...
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. Everyone knows that the key to limiting Brady is pressure up the middle, and Titans Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey was an absolute monster in Kansas City.
The Patriots will be playing with a chip on their shoulder.
But should we dismiss Tennessee so quickly?
"They've basically won two playoff games - one to get into the playoffs and a playoff game last week".
Tennessee's pride are 13.5 point dogs in this one which seems a lot but again, NOBODY wins in Foxborough in January unless they are wearing silver and blue.
But the Chiefs are not the Patriots, a team that has spent multiple times in the postseason. Yeah, the Titans can play. Saturday will tell us a lot about that but when it comes to the Titans, they have some questions to answer as well. The run game vanished from right after that.
Tennessee's defense - led by linebackers Derrick Morgan, Avery Williamson, Wesley Woodyard and Brian Orakpo - is physical and can turn a game quickly.
The Titans arrive in Foxboro as huge underdogs in their divisional round playoff matchup with the Patriots. In this game versus New England, the Titans will need more of Henry. The New England Patriots offensive line has actually improved as the season went on. George said the Patriots hoped to force co-MVP Steve McNair into turnovers.
Ryan could figure prominently in Tennessee's coverage of Rob Gronkowski.
The Titans offense was held in check after the first quarter, but Tennessee scored with less than 2-minutes left in the game when Davis caught an 11-yard toss from Mariota, making the final score 35-14. Still, those two are tough to stop when they're using their legs as best they can. In this game that's Gronk. "They won it all previous year and have been there plenty of times", Johnson said in a phone interview Thursday. The Titans missed some big plays last week by failing to secure the football. James White caught a touchdown pass and ran for another, and Danny Amendola had 11 catches for 112 yards.
The Patriots are the kings of blocking out the noise.
But is there trouble in paradise for the defending champions?
Spygate? The Patriots ran through a ideal regular season before losing in the Super Bowl.
The latest is an ESPN report last week suggesting these are troubled times for owner Robert Kraft, Belichick and Brady.
Garoppolo, of course, was infamously traded to the 49ers prior to the deadline for a second-round pick. The end of the dynasty is upon us.
"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". They've all denied there's a rift, which is what you would expect them to do.
However, the Patriots' rush defense has not been reliable under coordinator Matt Patricia. While Patriots officials denied the friction, it was clearly a distraction. He's been far more effective than DeMarco Murray for most of the season, and now that he's in the featured role, the Titans can better employ their smash-mouth style and have a better chance of winning.