Bring on Tennessee! Patriots to host Titans in AFC Divisional matchup

Saturday, 13 Jan, 2018

This is very new to this team and to the city.

For the third time in four years, the Patriots are the top seed in the AFC and have homefield throughout the playoffs. But what would be the challenge in that? So, sure, why not?

Kickoff for Patriots-Titans is set for 8:15 p.m. ET. Patriots' defense allowing 18.5 points per game, ranked eighth in NFL. If Mariota can replicate the success of Alex Smith, Cam Newton and Deshaun Watson, the Titans would have a chance.

When the Titans have the ball: The late-season revivals of Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry have given the Titans hope and identity. Kelce had four catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

That's right: The blocking of Tennessee's quarterback is part of how the Patriots could be upset Saturday.

When the annual list of National Football League coaches most likely to be fired was compiled, Tennessee Titans Coach Mike Mularkey was a visible occupant of a very unsettling spot.

"Their red-zone defense is probably one of the tops in the NFL", Mariota said. "But they give you the effort each and every night". They will not be surprised by a thing. "We show up to work and try to do the best we can do", he said. "Good. Just ready to get back out there ... with the team". The Titans need to choose hot or cold on Mularkey. They allowed less than 23 points-per-game in the regular season and were able to do a great job against the rush and the pass, but facing off with the Patriots is a much different task than anything they've come up against so far.

He finished off the comeback with a 22-yard TD pass to Eric Decker, but the pass/catch touchdown was enough to make Harmon think. The win advanced Tennessee into the next round against the New England Patriots on Saturday in Foxborough, Mass. Cornerback Logan Ryan (ankle) was limited in his return to practice.

"You don't really see quarterbacks blocking and doing such a selfless play like that", Morgan said Tuesday.

Will any of that actually matter? Eh.

Mularkey said "I am extremely disappointed" for Murray as well.

Go ahead and pick against the Tennessee Titans. Mularkey said coaches have emphasized running downhill, through small creases, rather than instinctively bouncing runs outside, and Henry has responded.

During Brady's tenure the Patriots are 6-1 against the Titans. Like you're not going to be motivated to prove an article wrong. The Titans are the young up-and-comers, playing without pressure, knowing they had no business making it here in the first place.

Last year they overcame the loss of tight end Rob Gronkowski to win it all and they're trying to do the same this year without receiver Julian Edelman and linebacker Dont'a Hightower, two of their biggest stars. "You're just having fun playing with the guys". There is no reason to get uptight. I wanted him here. At times, they still aren't.

"(Ball) creates our pace for us", Walton said.