Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Brady lauds team's effort as clash with Titans looms

Brady lauds team's effort as clash with Titans looms

The following week he would rip the Kansas City Chiefs for 156 yards and a touchdown on 23 totes.

The Titans, who are in the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season, last won at Foxborough in 1993, back when they were still the Houston Oilers and nine years before Gillette Stadium opened. Now, they head to Foxboro to take on the top-seeded New England Patriots. The task will be tough for Tennessee.

If they're going to follow up their first playoff win in 14 years by making it to the AFC championship game for the third time since moving to Tennessee, they are going to need a huge night and the offense. Will those distractions galvanize them or will they throw them off course?

It's a big ask for a Tennessee team without much play-off or big-game experience, but they can play with freedom with nobody expecting them to get a result. There are many things that have to happen, but these six things could surely help them have a great opportunity. His 15 interceptions during the regular season were easily a career-high and his 13 touchdown passes easily a career-low.

Prediction: The Patriots could run into trouble these playoffs, and this matchup isn't as one-sided as many believe.


Let's hold our horses here. His association with New England started as a rookie tryout player in 2015, when the Patriots coaches saw in him the ability to be a special special-teams player. In fact, there are many Titans fans that are not sure he will ever be a great quarterback. The Titans' 43 sacks were the fifth-most in the National Football League, while Brady's 35 sacks were the fourth-most of his career.

Ryan will be an important factor for getting the Titans ready for Sunday's game, but not because he has any sort of inside information on the Patriots organization. Against the Patriots, he is going to need to do the same. Both played college football in Alabama - Bates at Auburn and Trawick at Troy - and they joined Tennessee from the Oakland Raiders. Against the Jaguars it was a late-game run, and stiff-arm, followed by a stare down - and a Tennessee win.

"It looked like it was meant for them to win", Harmon said. A wide receiver corps Eric Decker, Corey Davis and Rishard Matthews doesn't scare anyone and certainly should be locked down by the Patriots' secondary. There can not be any slipups this week versus the Patriots. Interestingly, the Titans' victory last week against the Chiefs marked their first playoff win since the 2003 postseason, which had preceded their divisional round loss to the Patriots. "No one's going to be able to do it for you". He gained more yards running than throwing vs. Buffalo in the wild-card round. "It's a very unique skill because a lot of guys, once they get scrambling, they're not even looking downfield anymore".

"It's not like if he stays in the pocket he can't make throws", defensive back Devin McCourty told reporters earlier this week. If Casey is able to bring the pressure up the middle, there is no way Brady is outrunning anyone while he runs outside. As soon as the Pats build a lead, Belichick will pound it and use his ground game to initiate play-action. On the year, Orakpo had thirty tackles and seven sacks for the defense. Gronkowski led all tight ends with 1,084 receiving yards in 2017, and it was the fourth 1,000-yard season of his career. This week Murray has not practiced and is already ruled out for what should be the last game of the Titans season.

The model also says there's value on the Titans money line (+650) since Tennessee is winning outright in 25 percent of simulations. The prized free agent has not exactly been the player the Titans hoped he would be, but he has been solid for them at times.

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