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Titans @ Patriots: NFL Divisional Playoffs Preview

14 January 2018, 07:36 | Erica Roy

Credit John Wilcox Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola

Reigning Super Bowl champion New England was set to host the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night in an AFC divisional round playoff game. According to Rapoport, he said the Titans "would have no dead money" if it decides to cut Murray and that the franchise is 'ready to pass the torch'. He showed his mobility and his guts in some of those runs and also had the key block on the play that resulted in a first down and sealed the victory.

Currently, Henry leads the team with 744 yards rushing. The Patriots rank 20th in the league at stopping the run.

The Patriots have had a week off to prepare. It opened the week as a 13-point underdog, and prior to last week hadn't won a playoff game since the 2003 season.

"I think we have a job to do and we know what our job is and that's to go out and play football at a high level and play well", he said. "You've got to beat these teams at their place".

To be successful against New England, the Titans defense will need to look back on the game against the Chiefs as a bit of a "trial and error" experiment in covering Hill and Kelce. Aside from one 40+ yard reception, his day was defined by drops, a lack of targets, and excellent coverage on special teams.

Tony Romo was not shy in expressing his displeasure with a Titans play-calling decision in the first half of the divisional playoff matchup with the Patriots on Saturday night. The Pats are averaging almost 400 yards per game and 30 points at home. "I know we're excited". This will actually be Tennessee's sixth contest over the last nine that has not been at home.

Adam Vinatieri made the 46-yard field goal to put New England up 17-14 with a little more than four minutes left.

If he's back to 100 percent effectiveness, Hogan can provide another dimension for Tom Brady in an already risky Patriots offense which features Cooks, Rob Gronkowski, and Dion Lewis among many others. "I think he saw that, and, obviously, he's a quick, fast learner". We rarely see this team overconfident and overlooking a weaker opponent.

Defense:Derrick Henry (22) ran all over KC last week for 156 yards and a TD. A big reason for Tennessee's win last week was Henry.

"We do what we always do", Brady said.

Patriots receiver Danny Amendola hasn't noticed any change in Brady.

DeMarco Murray already has been declared out for a third straight game for Tennessee, leaving the backfield to Henry. "They anticipated things we were going to do, even things we hadn't done before", George said.

"You have to keep ignoring noise on the outside", Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said postgame on NBC, "and just keep working every time you walk in the building and just keep grinding". "But it's all about us believing in each other, executing what's called in all three phases of the game and just going out there and trusting and believing that we can win this game".

This game has mismatch written in indelible ink, which has the Titans both irked by the nationwide disrespect and understanding of the circumstances.

The Titans didn't even have a chance to enjoy upsetting Kansas City on the road.

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