Fewer teams beat Brady at home on a Saturday night. Tennessee's offense hasn't been particularly sharp this season but dual-threat quarterback Marcus Mariota is capable of getting hot, and bruising running back Derrick Henry, who is coming off a 154-yard performance in KC, also is a handful. Because that's how the Patriots win (or lose) Super Bowl, by the hairs of the chinny chin chins. Heading into the playoffs, the familiar refrain of us against the world is mounting and his team is one that is talented enough to not need extra motivation. This will be a game that Le'Veon Bell will be a key factor in.
Lewis is, to some extent, what Antwain Smith was to the 2001 team and Corey Dillon was to the 2004 team. The former Alabama product could be the league's best back if given the workload, but he's only effective if he can wear down the opposing defense.
Brady had two touchdown passes in that game, but was also sacked twice. In other words, he grinded it out.
Normally the Patriots do a good job working against bigger backs, especially ones who like to make their living between the tackles. Some were small (Tyrod Taylor), some were big (Ben Roethlisberger), some were Supermen (Cam Newton) and some were Saints (Drew Brees).
Even at the age of 40, Brady is the best in the league and his focus, hunger and desire for success doesn't seem to fade away.
The fact that Rob Gronkowski saw his mortality last January and February, when the Patriots swept through the playoffs and won the Super Bowl, miraculously, with him on the sidelines. "We know that every week with any quarterback". It's entirely possible that controversial, damning ESPN story about the deteriorating relationship between Brady, Belichick and Bob Kraft will cause the Pats to completely come apart at the seams.
New England's three losses this season have derived from poor red-zone execution on the defensive side. "It's great to be a part of playing for him". "We seen that before". The team was weak at outside receiver, as the best option was Brandon LaFell. But I think they grind it out against a team that is a lot more mistake-prone and has a lot less experience. I'm a huge Henry fan. It's the fifth time in Patriots history they have been a double-digit home favourite in a postseason game.
Since Oct. 1, the Patriots have allowed more than 20 points three times. James White, Rex Burkhead and Chris Hogan have all been banged up, but should be available for this one.
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Which member of the Titans offense will be toughest for the Patriots defense to deal with? It's that simple. Patriots will fiddle with two-TD lead for most of the game.
Elsewhere on Saturday, the Philadelphia Eagles will hope to prevent a season which had promised so much from ending in disappointment when they take on the revived Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field.
"Whoever does that better is going to win the game over the course of 60 minutes", he said.
Steelers and Jaguars double up with scouts: As is standard operating procedure, the other two teams still alive in the AFC field - Pittsburgh and Jacksonville - are scheduled to have two scouts apiece in attendance. Next year is their year, with their defense and legit "good" QB.
As of this writing, I have the Steelers taking this game, 27-17.
"It's not like if he stays in the pocket he can't make throws, but when he escapes outside the pocket and he has the ability to run and throw, you honestly really don't have a shot to stop him, I think", McCourty said.