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Brady bullish in focus on Titans after drama-filled week

Brady bullish in focus on Titans after drama-filled week”

Couple that with great protection from the defensive line, and some blistering, improvised runs from Mariota, and just about everything the Titans attempted - came off. 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.

Injury report: TITANS: OUT: RB DeMarco Murray (knee). The Titans probably would not have defeated the Chiefs if Travis Kelce did not leave with a concussion. "I'm glad we earned the chance to be here to do it, and now we just have to go take care of business".

The Patriots have had a week off to prepare. Can they run the football well enough to dominate the game? "For a young guy like me, that's what you aspire to be". You shouldn't need me to tell you that Belichick and Brady remain focused on their short-term goal of winning another Super Bowl together.

The real test would be building the argument for why and how the Titans could swing one of the biggest upsets in recent memory - and do it without relying on Bill Belichick's comically detailed and wildly effusive appraisal of the Titans.

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was mostly unflappable in leading his team back from an 18-point halftime deficit to beat Kansas City - the largest comeback on road in Super Bowl era. In that one, Tennessee had three turnovers but was outgained by only 54 yards. This gives Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia the ability to keep his big men fresh throughout the game and use them situationally. The Pats are averaging almost 400 yards per game and 30 points at home.

"We knew coming in that we would be developing a lot of guys", coach Nate McMillan said. This will actually be Tennessee's sixth contest over the last nine that has not been at home.

Combine the perceived persecution with the undeniable fact the trio of men at the center of the Patriots are closing in on the end of a run together, and it has the makings of a flawless storm.

It's not happening. Nevermind the Patriots vehemently denied rumors of friction and the relationship between Belichick, Tom Brady and Robert Kraft. "I've already commented at length about that situation", Belichick said. I don't think that the story trickles down to the rest of the team, but it's at least a factor.

It's ludicrous to think anything other than an opponent's great performance (such as Eli Manning and the Giants' defense in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI) can derail a Patriots team that has had unprecedented success over a 16-year span.

Tennessee hasn't scored more than 24 points since Week 6, so we don't see the Titans being able to win a game in the mid-to-high 20s. "Coach [Belichick] tries to get us to ... just ignore the noise from the outside". It could be any of Eric Decker, Delanie Walker and Rishard Matthews who benefit.

Brady is 11-2 in 13 divisional-round games since 2002, passing for 3,700 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Brady has played in 34 playoff games, while Mariota's postseason debut came in Saturday's 22-21 win over the Chiefs in the wild-card round. I'd look out especially for running back Derrick Henry as a receiver.

We know the Patriots will be ready to face the Titans.

During Brady's tenure the Patriots are 6-1 against the Titans. This contest screams of a game dominated by Rob Gronkowski, who eats up the middle of the field against mediocre linebackers. It was a head-scratcher of a deal, because he most certain could've gotten better.

Take last weekend, for example, when Mariota threw a pass, had it blocked and had the awareness and athleticism to gather the loose ball in his hands and run it in for the score.

"Nobody respects us. Nobody really expects a lot from us".



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