Tennessee, remember, needed to win in Week 17, against a top contender no less (Jacksonville), just to punch their ticket to the postseason. The Patriots are remarkably healthy and vastly more experienced all around, so they're probably going to blowout the Titans. "Marcus (Mariota) watches more film than anybody in the building". Tom Brady has had another spectacular year at the helm for Bill Belichick. And even if both do that, the Titans will need to get some help from their underrated defense. They were 15 in rushing, 23 in passing.
Johnson's parents, Austin and Tammy, will head to New England for the game, he said. "It doesn't matter if you're young or old, it's a great feeling to be in this place", Tom Brady said. You've still got to go out there and earn it.
And in this corner, a team that won its first playoff game since 2003 last week.
The turnover differential can often decide football games.
Safety Kevin Byard was tied for the National Football League lead in interceptions this year with eight, and don't forget old friend Logan Ryan, a tough corner who thrived in matchups here in New England.
Forget the fact that Belichick was again thrust into the national spotlight in a long series of controversies, with the infamous Spygate and Deflategate episodes still resonating all these years later. Unfortunately, this is the New England Patriots.
It's still hard to see how the Steelers gag this one away against a clearly inferior opponent though even if the final score may be closer than the 7-point line would indicate. Dion Lewis is another talented receiving-back for the Pats. I think he's done an incredible job through his career of making plays and being that guy that they need. The Titans' defense was the worst unit this year at defending pass-catching.
Ryan will be an important factor for getting the Titans ready for Sunday's game, but not because he has any sort of inside information on the Patriots organization. The OVER is 6-1 in Tennessee's last seven trips into New England.
One note to take into consideration is the return of defensive tackle Alan Branch.
Delanie Walker is Mr. That bodes well for a Titan team that loves to pound the ball.
Rob Gronkowski says coach Bill Belichick makes it easy for the New England Patriots to ignore distractions such as the one created by last week's ESPN report. Maybe this means that the Titans will be allowed to play this week and make it tough on the receivers and tight ends. Is 1 of 2 NFL TEs (TRAVIS KELCE) with 800+ rec. yards in each of past 4 seasons. It's all about containment for Matt Patricia's defense. But just as the Patriots have done when those and other debates have flared, Belichick has managed to put a lid on the emotions, and the Patriots have responded with brilliant seasons - majority ending with Super Bowl rings.
The red zone needs to continue being a strength for this defensive unit. It's the fifth time in Patriots history they have been a double-digit home favourite in a postseason game.