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January 13, 2018

Tom Brady speaks to the media.

"Oh man, it's going to be a battle of the masterminds", Woodyard said when the Titans defensive coordinator tries to outwit Belichick and his New England Patriots.

Divisional round games continue on Sunday with the AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3), who like the Patriots and Eagles had a first-round bye, hosting AFC South victor Jacksonville Jaguars (11-6). None of these players are unknown, but they are definitely not the stars of their team.

"Both teams were running zone blitzes, you know?"

"We do what we always do", he said. "They got a bye week, so they're probably feeling really confident". He was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, but all signs point toward him playing against the Patriots.

If they're going to follow up their first playoff win in 14 years by making it to the AFC championship game for the third time since moving to Tennessee, they are going to need a huge night and the offense. The Titans have lost their last three games in which Mariota threw 30 or more passes.

The New England Patriots head into Divisional playoff weekend as the heavy favorites at home against the Tennessee Titans.

The legendary quarterback ended the regular-season with 32 touchdowns, only eight interceptions and led the league with 4,577 yards.

Quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, as well as others, were forced to answer questions all week after ESPN reported that there was turmoil atop the organisation. "Everything's feeling good and just excited for the big game, but first off we've got a big week ahead of us to prepare". It doesn't really matter what happened outside of this facility and what we're trying to accomplish.

New England is the -175 favourite to win the AFC title again with Tennessee at +1800. A team without top receiver Julian Edelman and top defender Dont'a Hightower just hasn't been right, despite its 13-3 record.

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In 2018, defenses don't have to be great or game-dominating - though Minnesota, Jacksonville and Philadelphia are nearing that category - they have to make a handful of big plays. According to Rapoport, he said the Titans "would have no dead money" if it decides to cut Murray and that the franchise is 'ready to pass the torch'. Those are the pass rushers who could make life tough for Brady and a little better for the secondary if they can generate pressure. "I can't complain. I like where I am". But his first three carries went backward, including a 12-yard loss that came dangerously close to a safety. New England's front seven must contain Henry as he is the key to this Tennessee offense.

Will the Jaguars' defense make up for Blake Bortles? Part of that owes to Atlanta's impressive work in winning at the Los Angeles Rams last week.

Vikings 23, Saints 17: Vikings defense can win a Super Bowl.

If you saw these matchups before the season, you'd expect Ryan's Falcons to crush the Nick Foles-led Eagles.

Foles, though, has had some success in Philadelphia. Stout play from Malcom Brown, Lawrence Guy and maybe Alan Branch assuming he returns will go a long way toward eliminating Henry from the equation.

Game time is set for 8:15 p.m. There's a reason I've been able to do what I've been able to do. Even worse was the fact that he ranked 27th in passer rating.

The Vikings' season looked to be in trouble when Sam Bradford was ruled out for the year in the early autumn.

Minnesota's D is balanced from front to back, so how Drew Brees deals with it could be the decider here. But in the end there is no doubt how this game ends up.

"The guy, he's a brother to a lot of us in there, a real good friend of mine, but there's nothing I want more than to see him lose Saturday night".

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