Ryan, who grew up rooting for the Eagles and went to Philadelphia's William Penn Charter School, is 1-3 at the Linc.
New England won last year's Super Bowl in the season that Brady's four-game suspension finally went into effect. "I know we're excited. The one nice part is there will be a lot of familiar faces, friendly faces after the game, which is always nice".
He had 13 picks in four years with the Patriots. In that one, Tennessee had three turnovers but was outgained by only 54 yards. We show him (McMillan) how hard we work on the defensive end and he gives us a little rope on the offensive end. "We haven't been a very successful team in the last 10 years". A playoff team can't reasonably expect to win with only 195 passing yards and a minus-2 turnover ratio, so Tennessee was fortunate to win that game. Tom Brady has a 6-1 career record against the Titans, throwing for 13 TDs and one interception. But Brady says he's never doubted his team's ability to compartmentalize potential distractions. For the Titans, hopefully he can be the player they hoped he was for one night while helping his fellow secondary teammates to some things to look for when it comes to Tom Brady. "They got a bye week, so they're probably feeling really confident".
The Titans enter as 13-point underdog. The more the pressure gets there, the more the Patriots have to get rid of the football quicker than they want to and that helps the Titans tremendously. Will they step up and play a complete game or will they sit there and will they wait until they get down to start fighting once again? In what was supposed to be his Year 3 boom, he turned in his worst National Football League regular season, throwing for a career-low 13 touchdowns and a career-high 15 interceptions.
Much less attention has been paid to the Titans, who scrapped their way into the playoffs with a 9-7 record after a shaky finish to the regular season and advanced to this game with a comeback 22-21 wild-card win over the Chiefs last week in Kansas City.
"We put a big emphasis on the red area and points", safety Devin McCourty said. I don't think that the story trickles down to the rest of the team, but it's at least a factor.
"They went their way, I went mine, and there is no bad blood there", he said.
Said Belichick: "Coach LeBeau is as good as there is, as good a defensive coach as there is". This will actually be Tennessee's sixth contest over the last nine that has not been at home. Buffalo Bills losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars (20-10), I almost lost if the Bills got within the red zone but the Jags pulled through somehow. The biggest difference we've seen is Mariota consistently extending plays with his legs and right arm, running for key first downs and putting his body on the line for his team. We don't have a lot of reservations about him from a physical health standpoint. New England is fifth overall in points allowed (18.5 ppg), and they've done a great job stiffening up in the red zone.
So much for the New England head coach and his staff overlooking their divisional playoff opponent.
He also is 6-0 against Mike Mularkey-coached teams.
Whether there is truth in Wickersham's exposé or it is as puffed up as another controversial publication that has had America fluttering this week, there is no doubt that Belichick has the focus of the world where he wants it and his team in ideal position to cement their, and his, greatness in the playoffs.
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