Tennessee Titans: Three Things to Watch against the New England Patriots

Tennessee Titans: Three Things to Watch against the New England Patriots

Will the New England Patriots cover the point spread as a double-digit home favorite tonight when they host the Tennessee Titans at 8:15 p.m. ET?

Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 337 yards, and New England cruised past Tennessee 35-14 on Saturday night to advance to its seventh consecutive conference title game. Mariota will control much of the New England Defense's attention.

Brady, who is seeking to gild his legacy as the greatest quarterback the sport has seen with a sixth Super Bowl, was incensed by the suggestion that he had engineered Garoppolo's departure or had appeared "liberated" by the trade.

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. Watch out Tom Brady.

But should we dismiss Tennessee so quickly?

The 29-year-old wide receiver emerged as one of the team's best options during the Patriots' run to the Super Bowl in 2016, as he caught 17 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns during the postseason.

"It's a very unique skill, because a lot of guys, once they get scrambling, they're not even looking downfield anymore, they're just looking to run". Granted, he makes each upcoming opponent seem like the 1960s Green Bay Packers. Brady led them to three second-quarter touchdowns to take a commanding 21-7 lead into the locker room.

Last week, the Titans rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half and defeated the Chiefs, 22-21, in the wild-card round. Mariota had some bad throws and plays, but he scrambled for some big first downs and made some big throws to win the game. While the regular season may have been disappointing, Orapko got 1.5 sacks in the first game of the postseason versus the Chiefs. Yeah, the Titans can play.

Divisional Round Saturday night in Foxboro has become something of an National Football League tradition. The over/under for this game is also the highest on the board this week at 48.

Mariota may not have playoff experience but he makes things happen, both with his arm and his feet. Including playoffs, Patriots have won 6 straight meetings in series dating back to "03 (by combined 221-96 score)..."

"We knew it was going to come down to whoever was going to have the ball last".

Tennessee's defense - led by linebackers Derrick Morgan, Avery Williamson, Wesley Woodyard and Brian Orakpo - is physical and can turn a game quickly. Now, they head to Foxboro to take on the top-seeded New England Patriots. "Now, our focus is only New England", Ryan said after Wednesday's Titans practice.

In addition, General Manager Jon Robinson spent 12 years with the Patriots, the last five as the director of college scouting.



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