It might seem like a bit of an overstatement to match up Gronk against the entire defense, but Gronkowski might be the biggest physical mismatch in the game and has been one of the most prolific tight ends in league history.
Mariota is not a precision passer and the Titans don't have a bevy of playmakers, but he is talented dual-threat quarterback.
They'll need a huge rushing day from the physical force that is running back Derrick Henry.
The Patriots have had a week off to prepare. These are some big words, and no doubt Brady has had some rough games this season, but Byard will have his work cut out for him if he intends to make such a star quarterback look like hot garbage on the field. "It's a chess match with them where you got to think three or four plays ahead of time". Do you love football that much, too?
With social media nowadays, you don't really have an option but to see what people say. One of the main reasons why was that key pieces of the offense have been injured. James White and Rex Burkhead are both looking set to return to action, in which case Mike Gillislee would likely be inactive.
But since 2001, quarterbacks making their first or second career playoff start are 0-7 against New England.
Here's a shocker: Public bettors are siding with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in a playoff game. The Pats are averaging almost 400 yards per game and 30 points at home. Henry scored the game-winning touchdown versus Jacksonville two weeks ago to clinch a playoff spot for the Titans. "We all want to win for him, and we all want to play hard for him".
The top-seeded Patriots (13-3 SU, 11-5 ATS) won't ever admit so publicly, but they are thrilled to face the Titans instead of the high-powered Chiefs, who opened the 2017 season with a shocking 42-27 upset victory at Gillette Stadium.
"I'm just trying to play better every week", Henry said. I don't think that the story trickles down to the rest of the team, but it's at least a factor. "We've actually, probably, played better on the road at times this year than at home". If they do win, though, it will be because their pass-rush gets to Brady-not because the Patriots were distracted by any lingering discontent. If we win the game and advance, it will be because we earned it and beat a good team. Erick Decker contributed 545 yards while Corey Davis and Murray had combine for 641 yards in receptions.
He pounded the Chiefs' defense for 156 yards on 23 carries, including a 35-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that cut Kansas City's lead to 21-17.
They are the ones that matter and you won't find one player or coach that will agree with those on sports talk radio, TV sportscasters and any other columnists and talking heads. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard had 124 tackles during the regular season while Kevin Byard (right) paced the team with eight interceptions and was rewarded with first-team All-Pro honors. "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".
But now that I've got Titans fans all excited, allow me to disappoint you.
However, that game was going in a completely different direction until Travis Kelce left with a concussion. Brady should carve up the Titans defense, and the Patriots defense should contain Marcus Mariota on the ground. With a front seven that has lost talent over the past two seasons, McCourty must step up and slow down Henry today. New England's defense has struggled to stop running quarterbacks in the past. New England owns January, especially in Gillette Stadium. It's usually a place where those dreams go to die. "It's really going to come down to execution".
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