'Play our best:' Brady brushes off controversy, focuses on Titans

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The first, and I promised the last time, I covered the Patriots-Titans in a divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium was on January 10, 2004.

It's Divisional Weekend in the National Football League, and there are several pressing questions that will be answered in the games played Saturday and Sunday: Will the New England Patriots keep rolling despite reports in the media of unrest? The question is if forcing New England to become one-dimensional will work out in Tennessee's favor.

New England are hot favourites to beat Tennessee, but the Titans have the offense to make this game interesting as Neil Harvey explains. The Titans' win over the Chiefs in Kansas City was their max out moment.

Titans Coach Mike Mularkey is 0-6 against Pats' coach Bill Belichick. The Titans' defense was the worst unit this year at defending pass-catching.

Henry also had 85 yards in the fourth quarter, including a 35-yard touchdown, for the NFL's third-best rushing performance in the fourth quarter of a playoff game since the 1991 season. The Titans are lucky to be in the playoffs.

But should we dismiss Tennessee so quickly? Here are five Patriots to keep an eye on this weekend in their game against the Titans. Luckily, Belichick can win with any of their backs and one of them was not listed on the report, the explosive Dion Lewis. And they certainly think highly of Tennessee.

Why they'll win: Mariota's struggles paired with a road tilt against a motivated Patriots defense is a tall order.

Remember who beat the Patriots - convincingly - in the season opener? Yeah, the Titans can play.

The Titans overcame a 21-3 deficit last week to oust the Kansas City Chiefs, a combination of poor refereeing and Mariota's heroics.

That 13-point spread will be the biggest of these playoffs regardless of what happens going forward. On the other side, the Titans will again load up on Derrick Henry, who just had the best game of his career with 23 carries for 156 yards and a touchdown. I'm not biting that there's actually some turmoil going on over there.

They will be big favorites in the American Football Conference (AFC) divisional round having won their last six meetings with the Titans, including a 2015 game.

"We just have to be disruptive, in his face and take him out of his comfort zone", Johnson said.

Ryan still gives quotes like a Patriot. In this game that's Gronk. After all, he was a member of the Patriots for a few years before becoming a Titan. Both played college football in Alabama - Bates at Auburn and Trawick at Troy - and they joined Tennessee from the Oakland Raiders.

Offensively, the Patriots are averaging 28.6 points and 394.2 total yards (276.1 in passing and 118.1 in rushing) per game. Johnson said. "Going from being a rotational guy and to starting and being the first person out there to get a feel of the game, it helps to get that first series, get a feel of it and assess what you've got from the drive".

The Patriots are the kings of blocking out the noise. Roethlisberger is a much better opponent than Taylor, and he'll be playing at home. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard had 124 tackles during the regular season while Kevin Byard (right) paced the team with eight interceptions and was rewarded with first-team All-Pro honors.

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Now the stakes get higher for the inexperienced Titans, but that doesn't mean they don't have personnel that can cause some problems. The end of the dynasty is upon us.

Brady, Belichick and Kraft have all been quick to debunk the contents of the article but their denials will have done little to quiet the belief outside the Patriots organisation that discontent is growing within the building. Trading field goals for touchdowns is a useful strategy.

Frankly, there are a large number of people around town just like her, even hardcore Titans fans. Belichick said everyone on defense has to do his job.

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