Five keys for the Titans to upset the Patriots


That number was out Monday and it has not budged 24 hours before Saturday's game. Tennessee can certainly shock the world, even if no one expects them to.

This is from someone who has never been to a Titans game.

On the more benevolent side, a trailer for a Facebook Watch-produced documentary about Brady titled "Tom vs".

Prediction: The Titans recipe to win has to be Henry running for 150-200 yards and quarterback Marcus Mariota making some big plays, especially if he can get the Titans into the red zone. Both times they haven't, they've lost their first road playoff game (in both cases to the Denver Broncos).

Regardless, NFL playoff games generally come down to the quarterback play, and the discrepancy between the haves and have-nots in each of the four divisional games is stark - and likely the reason the teams considered the "haves" will advance to the championship round. Saturday will tell us a lot about that but when it comes to the Titans, they have some questions to answer as well. The wind chill was 7 degrees short of zero. I couldn't feel my feet. Despite continued conjecture about the state of the Patriots, there is a unified resolve now that it's nearly game time.

On a fourth-and-12, McNair hit Drew Bennett from the Pats' 33-yard line in stride down the left sideline. The Titans have yet to give up 100 receiving yards to a tight end this year and if they're going to win in New England, they have to somehow limit Gronkowski's touches. He was an assistant coach on Jeff Fisher's staff that game.

14 - Patriots with at least 10 games of postseason experience, the most in this playoff field.

So fast forward to Saturday's game. Belichick is 6-1 against the Titans.

After days spent issuing joint statements and then he and Tom Brady making the rounds doing radio interviews to discredit and deny the contents of the January 5 story from ESPN detailing the supposed "internal power struggle in New England", Belichick declared he and his team were "all in" preparing for the Titans.

Where: Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, where the Patriots are 16-3 in playoff games (the first came against the Titans in 2003). Time and again, New England has rallied internally in the face of scandal and outside scrutiny. Look for Belichick to bottle up Mariota's scrambling with some schemes and Brady to make just enough plays to keep the Titans from an upset.

The Tennessee Titans are coming from a 22-21 stunning victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Wild Card game in which Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns against one interception. "I think he was much more consistent trusting the blocking scheme". We've been taking challenges all season. They were 15 in rushing, 23 in passing.

BELICHICK and LEBEAU: There aren't too many current National Football League coaches that have been around the game longer than Belichick and Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. Unfortunately, Brady is convinced that he was what it takes to play for another 5 years.