Of course, wild-card weekend saw all four underdogs cover the spread, with two winning straight up.
This has been a category three weeks in a row now, because Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota continues to deliver in magical ways. He also moved the chains with his legs, picking up three critical first downs on scrambles and adding 46 yards on eight rushing attempts. With Murray injured, Henry was the workhorse against the Chiefs and will have to carry the load again in Foxborough since Murray has been ruled out. I still don't necessarily trust the D, but when Bill Belichick has extra time to prepare for you, he is a master at exposing your weaknesses and taking away your strengths. This week, Tom Brady will be the target and the Titans have to get to him. The team's really relying on you. Then, they would go on to complete one of the largest comebacks in playoff history against Kansas City in one of the most hostile environments in all of professional football. Six are listed as questionable: running backs Rex Burkhead, James White and Mike Gillislee, defensive end Eric Lee, defensive tackle Alan Branch and linebacker Marquis Flowers. Everyone has worked pretty hard to get to this point.
The Patriots hit back hard after the article was published, issuing a joint statement from Belichick, Brady and Kraft refuting numerous conclusions reached - among them that Kraft ordered Belichick to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to appease Brady, that Belichick was unhappy about coaching in New England and that Brady's personal trainer had created a divide in the locker room.
They had ideal attendance at practice Thursday for the first time since September 29, and no players have been ruled out for Saturday's game. And according to NESN, 10 of those have come in fourth quarters, six in the final two minutes of games. "Really revolutionized the game, and his system has certainly withstood the test of time". Each play of the game is important, but the only way that you can have a lot of good plays on game day is by the practice week. Against the Jaguars it was a late-game run, and stiff-arm, followed by a stare down - and a Tennessee win.
The Patriots are fighting: ESPN published a story last week saying there is serious conflict among owner Bob Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. "In fact he's probably closing in on the best ever", LeBeau said. This game against the Titans feels a lot like the 2011 playoffs when the Pats hosted the Tim Tebow-led Broncos in the divisional round. So it's easy for people to overlook us. No one really gave the Titans a chance on the road against the Chiefs, and they won because Marcus Mariota made a decision to become his own wide receiver. Against the Chiefs last week, Henry had his best game of the season with 156 yards on the ground and one touchdown.
Brady has had an MVP season so far in 2017, but over the last few games, he's forced some throws that led to interceptions.
"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.
But the key might be whether or not the Titans can get the same or better performances from their Heisman Trophy pair in quarterback Marcus Mariota and running back Derrick Henry. Considering what he has done with this moderately talented Titans defense, it's natural to imagine him continuing, aspire to live like him and believe he can sneak one past.
Spygate? The Patriots ran through a flawless regular season before losing in the Super Bowl. The Titans do not have what it takes to cover the Patriots skill players, and if Brady has time to throw he can carve this defense apart. Now, I don't expect the Titans to be able to slow down both aspects of the Patriots' offense.
This is from someone who has never been to a Titans game.
The Titans didn't even have a chance to enjoy upsetting Kansas City on the road.
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