The problem teams have against the Patriots is scoring points. That number was out Monday and it has not budged 24 hours before Saturday's game. I'd be selling them hopes and dreams.
When I started this column, my wife Sharon quickly said, "They're going to get killed".
The Titans allowed 22.3 points per game, which is the worst among remaining playoff teams, and were ranked 25th in pass defense. Few teams beat Tom Brady in Foxborough; that'd be like Jim Kirk losing a fistfight on the Enterprise bridge. So don't take her word for gospel.
Mariota is not a precision passer and the Titans don't have a bevy of playmakers, but he is talented dual-threat quarterback.
-One or more Titans vs. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. Stuff both of those Pro Bowl running backs, and you have to figure out a way to get to a man who breaks single-season throwing records for fun in Drew Brees. So, we try to go out, execute at a high level like it's a game day, try to play as hard, try to play as aware as we can.
Brady was asked what advice he might offer a youngster like Mariota.
Tailgaters' beer froze solid. Additionally, the Patriots are 20-4 (.833) at home in the playoffs.
On a fourth-and-12, McNair hit Drew Bennett from the Pats' 33-yard line in stride down the left sideline. "It's about giving yourself the opportunity this time of the year to compete and play in games like this, and to win games like this". He was an assistant coach on Jeff Fisher's staff that game. Expect White and Lewis to combine for double-digit catches and do damage with the ball in space. This is Brady's stage for a host of reasons, and it's where the five-time Super Bowl champion has defined his career.
So fast forward to Saturday's game. Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Mariota is the healthiest he has been all season and there's no coincidence in that correlation. Belichick is 6-1 against the Titans.
Henry: "Chris Johnson did a lot of good things for this organization - he was a great player in the league when he was here".
The Titans were able to engineer an wonderful upset against the Kansas City Chiefs to advance out of the wildcard weekend and will travel to Foxborough, MA. They'll be ready for the game. The Patriots have the AGC's best record at 13-3 and will be hosting a Titans team who is 10-7 on the year but just 4-5 on the road this year. He has to avoid interceptions and fumbles. Don't be surprised to see Dion take one to the house and make Saturday his third straight game with multiple touchdowns.
There aren't too many current National Football League coaches that have been around the game longer than Belichick and Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. We've been taking challenges all season. Its pass rush needs to put major pressure on Matt Ryan, and force turnovers. The Titans need a big performance in the run game. The 26-year-old quietly has 13 regular-season and playoff picks in five years.
Instead Mariota scored one of the strangest touchdowns in playoff history.
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.
They've only met four times since that night, once every three years due to the divisional rotation, because the Titans fell into a long lull.
Joe Biddle is a WKRN.com sports columnist.
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