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New England Patriots: 5 players to watch for vs Tennessee Titans

14 January 2018

This problem compounded itself when Edelman missed the final two games of the season with a concussion. In three games, he threw 10 touchdown against four interceptions en route to winning his fourth Super Bowl. That's what we're getting paid for, so to be a professional is to put everything aside and go out there and do the best you can for the team and try and help us win. "It will be some carry over, but it will be a little bit different".

This is why the Titans, bless their near two-touchdown-underdog hearts, have as much of a chance to upset the Patriots in Saturday night's divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium as Tom Brady's fitness guru, Alex Guerrero, has of sharing an office with Bill Belichick next season. The Patriots will be hosting the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, January 13th, at 8:15 pm ET. ESPN.com released a story last week detailing some turmoil in the organization between Coach Bill Belichick, QB Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft. Having discussed it during paid appearances on national broadcasts, Brady didn't get into details - but he did note that dealing with potential distractions is no big deal after so many seasons.

"Again, I think it's going to be about how we play and not necessarily where we're playing", he added. "They got a bye week, so they're probably feeling really confident". He picked up 46 yards on eight attempts in the playoff win over the Chiefs last Saturday.

New England jumped out first thanks to a 41-yard touchdown from Brady to Bethel Johnson. LeBeau also has an NFL-record 45 consecutive seasons as a coach, putting ahead of only one man - Belichick with 43 - in that category.

"They're the champs and these are the types of teams you've got to beat if you want to be the champs", says Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey, who is 0-5 against the Patriots.

- In front of his locker last week, Eric Rowe elucidated the philosophy that has been New England's defensive backbone for years now.

"We do what we always do. I think he saw that, and, obviously, he's a quick, fast learner".

"Once we walk on that field", LeBeau said, "we won't know who the hell's on the other side of the field to be honest with you".

Brady is playing in his 14th divisional playoff game, surpassing Jerry Rice for the most divisional-round playoff appearances in National Football League history. There's somebody inside him who's a little off, like a little insane. For Super Bowl LII, the Patriots are +162 to repeat and the Titans +3300 long shots. We don't have a lot of reservations about him from a physical health standpoint. We've got to be good in the red zone, we've got to convert third downs, that doesn't change for us.

He provides Brady with a comfort blanket and that big body presence in the middle of the field that is a nightmare for opposition defences. Defensively, the team made the necessary adjustments to stop the Chiefs especially after Travis Kelce left with an injury.

That kind of dismissal, as you might imagine, has not gone over well in Tennessee.

Saints receiver Brandon Coleman has been declared out of Sunday's divisional-round playoff game in Minnesota.

Atlanta is coming off an impressive victory on Wild-Card Weekend. Danny Amendola was unreliable in the regular season, only catching 27 passes for 200 yards all season.

Two other players who are regulars on special teams - linebacker Michael Mauti and reserve quarterback Taysom Hill - are listed as questionable after illnesses kept them out of practice Thursday and Friday.

New England Patriots: 5 players to watch for vs Tennessee Titans