Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

AFC Divisional Playoff Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots: Preview and Prediction

AFC Divisional Playoff Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots: Preview and Prediction

The Patriots have played in six successive AFC championship games, and it will be a tough task for the Tennessee Titans to prevent New England from reaching a seventh. From then on, New England unleashed hell.

The Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady showed he stands above all.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota was the beneficiary of a couple of dubious calls last week but did make some spectacular plays, nearly reminding one that he won the Heisman Trophy with the Oregon Ducks, but he has been even more inconsistent than Henry during his three-year professional career.

- Bill Belichick has led his teams to 16 postseason berths, good for third all time.

This is when Tom Brady is at his best.

But should we dismiss Tennessee so quickly?

To advance to the AFC Championship game, the Patriots will have to go through the Titans first.

They added more postseason records as the Titans could only watch until the final 35-14 score was in the books. Granted, he makes each upcoming opponent seem like the 1960s Green Bay Packers.

They are saving their big fiasco for next week when they'll be pasted by the Patriots.

Offensively, Brady was given all the time in the world to carve up the Tennessee secondary, and the Pats punched in a pair of touchdowns on the ground against one of the best run defenses in football.

The Titans (10-7) rallied from a 21-3 deficit to pull off a 22-21 wildcard win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

His return should shake up the Patriots' depth chart, as he was paired with Brandin Cooks as the team's top two receivers when through the first half of the season. Yeah, the Titans can play. According to oddsmakers from online sports book, the Patriots are 13.5-point home favorites to beat the Titans, who opened as 13.5-point underdogs. "He also has a run element to him, and the run game is very extensive".

Mariota may not have playoff experience but he makes things happen, both with his arm and his feet. In turn, putting all the pressure back on the Patriots. Linebackers Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo lead the pass rush for Tennessee, with 7.5 and 7.0 sacks respectively.

15 years ago, the Titans traveled to Foxborough to take on the Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs and they came up just short, losing 17-14. The sterling late-season performance of Jimmy Garoppolo, the heralded back-up the Patriots shipped to San Francisco for a second-round pick, would not have evoked panicked regret across New England. "Maybe down the road you can look back and look at that stuff, but as of right now, what our main goal is just keep on grinding, get the win and that's what we did tonight".

In addition, General Manager Jon Robinson spent 12 years with the Patriots, the last five as the director of college scouting. Good luck defending Dion Lewis and Rob Gronkowski tonight, Tennessee.

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