Tennessee vs. New England, Jacksonville vs. Pittsburgh-It's on in the AFC!

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

Derrick Henry gets 156 yards this (past weekend against the Chiefs).

"He does everything we can ever ask him", left tackle said. "At this point, I'm all in on Tennessee". New England's defense has actually failed to force a turnover in three of its last four down the stretch so if Mariota can keep that number down, then Tennessee can keep the number of possessions down while increasing the Titans' chances to win.

Much of the problem comes from reports that Kraft forced Belichick to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers, which was said to have made the coach "furious and demoralized". The Patriots (13-3) are almost a two-touchdown favorite over a Titans team that sneaked into the playoffs after losing three of its last five games and finished the season with a minus-22 point differential, the only postseason team in either conference to allow more points than it scored.

How could there be shakiness found in Brady, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, the heavy favourite to be named MVP of this season, the lodestone of a dynasty creeping towards the completion of its second decade?

Tennessee recognizes the challenge it faces against Brady.

"It's a great feeling to be in this place", Brady said.

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"It's hard to get to this point", Brady said. He will most likely draw lots of coverage from safety Patrick Chung, who has had success against tight ends this season. "It's just like any other week". I couldn't feel my feet. "It's very challenging. Coach LeBeau is a great coach, he does a tremendous job, (he) has for his entire illustrious career as a player and as a coach".

While few in New England believe the ESPN story will hinder the Patriots in any way, that doesn't mean this is just any old week.

Tom Brady is looking to reach the NFL's showpiece game for a remarkable eighth time, and win his sixth title. The rest of the football world will be waiting for the clock to strike midnight and for the playoff version of the Titans to revert to the turnover-prone, low-scoring team we all remember. Despite the ruination of their festivities, the Patriots went on to have a 13-3 record, the No. 1 seed in the AFC Conference, last Sunday, Wild Card weekend off, and home field advantage in each of the conference rounds. We've got our work cut out for us. If they get into a 21-3 hole against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, there probably won't be any digging out of it.

"It's a one-game season". Sure, if things get out of hand, Josh McDaniels should dial up the run to keep Brady healthy, but don't over complicate things if you're the Patriots. "Now we're in it". Your coaches have put a lot on you. He's carried the ball 18 times over his last two games and coincidentally, they were both victories over playoff teams Jacksonville (in Week 17) and Kansas City. "Hopefully, we can go out and play well". That's a huge challenge. "They have a good scheme, good attack and that's just good decision-making on his part".

Saturday, Mariota will square off against maybe the most clutch QB of all time in Brady. They've earned their way here. He's one of the best backs in the National Football League at running off tackle, but it can also get him in trouble like it did in Week 17 vs. Jacksonville when he lost big yards. I guess Butler won't be getting that big contract he hoped for this upcoming offseason, and Gilmore won't live up to the one he signed this past spring. They're good, as I said, in all three phases of the game.

Wise has had a solid rookie season for New England, registering 5.0 sacks - third on the team behind Trey Flowers and Kyle Van Noy.

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