They were supposed to fall victim to the resurgent Chiefs. "It just shows how tough they are, how fundamental they are and that they're ready to bring it in the clutch times". Kansas City's Travis Kelce was having his way with Tennessee last week before Cyprien concussed him late in the second quarter. The Chiefs had been weak against the run all season.
And it worked like a charm. The Jaguars can rush the passer and they can run the football, making them a threat to give the Steelers a game.
Mariota's overall numbers were pedestrian - completed 19-of-31 passes for 205 yards with two touchdowns - but his impact was huge in a game where the Titans erased a 19-point halftime deficit. The Jags defense is terrific, but there's only so far they'll be able to carry an bad offense. The New England Patriots offense will not be almost as easy to shut down. Can you point at a specific time where the defense turned it around?
Weis would stay in New England for another season, helping the Patriots to win a third Super Bowl before leaving for Notre Dame. Upsets happen all the time. Instead, the Titans pulled off a major comeback after trailing 21-3 at halftime.
So-who's going to win?
By winning their last four games, the Patriots captured the top seed in the AFC.
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Wide receiver Brandin Cooks, in his first year with the team, was asked how they keep distractions out of their locker room. Dion Lewis does most of the work and could have to do it again this week. Rex Burkhead and James White combined for 435 yards and five touchdowns. Despite improved numbers, the Patriots' defense still struggles in many areas, perhaps none bigger than their ability to contain a mobile quarterback. I can see why they're here.
Tom Brady didn't seem to expect questions about his upcoming documentary series, "Tom vs". We have one game left against the Titans.
On a third-and-goal play for the Titans, Mariota scrambled and threw a pass that was tipped by the Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis.
On paper, this looks like a fairly easy game for New England. The Patriots then won 11 out of their final 12 games, with the lone loss coming to the Miami Dolphins. Kenyan Drake gashed them for 114 yards when the Dolphins beat them. The Steelers have more playoff wins, 36, than any other team in National Football League history.
The Patriots should be able to pick apart the Titans' secondary if they take the time and precision to do it, but they will have to be careful in their approach.
New England might not have one of the NFL's elite defenses, but the unit has been much improved after a disastrous first four games of the season.
The Titans did not allow a tight end to have 100 receiving yards in a game this season.
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