Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots - 1/13/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

Bates and Trawick had a couple of things in common. "It's always fun when you're playing football". Linebacker Brian Orakpo also missed the first practice of the week from a non-injury related day off, possibly a veteran's day off. Cornerback A Logan Ryan was limited in one practice this week but then completed a full practice while dealing with an ankle injury.

LeBeau has an NFL-record 45 consecutive seasons as a coach, with Belichick at 43.

The Patriots hit back hard after the article was published, issuing a joint statement from Belichick, Brady and Kraft refuting numerous conclusions reached - among them that Kraft ordered Belichick to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to appease Brady, that Belichick was unhappy about coaching in New England and that Brady's personal trainer had created a divide in the locker room.

But since 2001, quarterbacks making their first or second career playoff start are 0-7 against New England.

You know what? I don't care who they are, or what they think, and I never will. It's on them to make sure he fails. Good in the kicking game.

"There's no doubt about it", Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards says, "you have a first ballot Hall of Fame quarterback that does an excellent job of going out and executing their game from week to week".

"I mean, 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", Patriots safety Devin McCourty said. Their core players are solid - Trawick and Bates, Weems and those guys.

So long as Trey Flowers, Van Noy, Harrison and Deatrich Wise can filter the run to the inside where Lawrence Guy and Malcom Brown have excelled, the Pats will have a puncher's chance to stifle Henry, who doesn't bounce it outside as much as backs who have given the Pats the most trouble this season. Bates had 379 special-teams plays to finish fifth on the league list. Atlanta, who blew a 25-point lead in an overtime loss to New England in last year's Super Bowl, scored a 26-13 wildcard victory over the NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams.

If Brady was not 40, his 81.6 passer rating over the final five games of the season, which he played with a nagging Achilles injury, would be dismissed as part of a season's typical ebb.

We are just a few days out from the Titans biggest test in recent history.

We'll see if Mariota the football player can put that scare into the unbeatable Patriots. Bates didn't take a defensive snap with Tennessee in 2017. After he stunned the Chiefs in Kansas City, can he improve his play even more against New England?

However, it's not just mobile quarterbacks who have posed problems for the Patriots when it comes to scrambling.

"The reason being is Derrick Henry, Jones-Drew said, per Jim Wyatt of the team's official website".

He is just another one that you have to be aware of where he's at.

"Branch, 6'6" 325lbs, is a run-stuffer, and New England will benefit greatly from his return.

"Well, we didn't have to double team him anymore", is how he responded to being asked what impact Kelce's injury had on the game. CBS will televise the game.

A flight delay on Friday shouldn't impact the Titans' performance on Saturday - just so long as Mike Mularkey plans a better bus strategy to the stadium than Bill O'Brien had a year ago.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group.

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