AFC Divisional Playoffs: Three things to watch in Titans v Patriots

  • AFC Divisional Playoffs: Three things to watch in Titans v Patriots

AFC Divisional Playoffs: Three things to watch in Titans v Patriots

The Odds: The Patriots are a week high 13.5 point favorite against the Titans. That number was out Monday and it has not budged 24 hours before Saturday's game. "I'll answer any questions about the Titans but that's it". One of the biggest keys for the Titans will center on how well they perform in the red zone, where the Titans ranked 25th in the regular season. Brady reiterated on Thursday that his mind remains on the field.

Frankly, there are a large number of people around town just like her, even hardcore Titans fans. As for getting a read of the Patriots, there are plenty of men in the Titans organization who can do that just fine without inside info.

"It's very important to understand that once he feels that pressure on the outside, he's going to step up, and if you don't counter with him or come inside with him, he's able to make plays with his legs", defensive end Trey Flowers said of Mariota.

The first, and I promised the last time, I covered the Patriots-Titans in a divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium was on January 10, 2004.

Fewer teams beat Brady at home on a Saturday night.

That doesn't mean the Titans fear the Patriots.

The 29-year-old wide receiver emerged as one of the team's best options during the Patriots' run to the Super Bowl in 2016, as he caught 17 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns during the postseason. I'm trying to go out there and win the game. "When you talk about the way I see things, the way you guys see things, the way the writer may see things, the way Coach Belichick may see things, everyone has different truths based on their perspectives".

"All (Bennett) had to do was catch the ball, " McGinnis sighed.

As for the return trip to New England, Ryan has a lot of love for his former teammates, but his competitive juices have kicked in this week.

So fast forward to Saturday's game. They're well-coached. They're a solid team. Belichick is 6-1 against the Titans.

And amid reported turmoil involving Brady, owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick, the quarterback isn't likely to lose focus. "Obviously you put New England in there because they're always in the mix but on the NFC side you have Atlanta [Falcons], you have New Orleans [Saints], you have the Minnesota Vikings". They are treating this game as a bye week.

PATRIOTS quarterbacks Brian Hoyer, left, and Tom Brady, right, run on the field while warming up during practice on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. He has to avoid interceptions and fumbles.

At the beginning of the National Football League season, the Kansas City Chiefs were ranked with this season's most elite teams.

Two things, among many, have been consistent for the Patriots the past decade: Tom Brady at quarterback and New England in the AFC championship game.

The offensive line has to have its most productive game and the receivers have to hold on to the football.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is a tough matchup, there's no doubt about it. They were 15 in rushing, 23 in passing. The Titans need a big performance in the run game.

"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".