If the Titans defensive backs to make things tough for Brady, the team will need to rely on their running backs to march down the field. And while the New England defense may year after year surrender chunks of yardage between the 20s, its consistent ability to stand up in the red zone is a separator.
The Patriots face the Titans on Saturday with a trip to the AFC championship game on the line. On several occasions, a well-organised Kansas defense looked downright flummoxed by the misdirection of Mularkey's plays.
That's just a starker example of a defensive dissonance that's commonplace at Foxborough.
Three of the Patriots four running backs were limited in practice this week with Mike Gillislee (Knee) sitting out during the first practice. Now, they head to Foxboro to take on the top-seeded New England Patriots.
"When it comes down to it, it's all about us", Mariota said. "So defensively, it's all about not giving up touchdowns". The time off figures to be helpful for them to get back into the lineup and game plan.
Earlier this week, Belichick said he didn't have anything else to add to a statement issued by Kraft, Brady and himself. "Whether you're pressuring or whether you're going coverage, if he knows where you're going, he's probably going to be pretty effective". "They do a lot of things well". It's not lining up in one defense and playing it.
The Patriots are simply more experienced and deeper in talent than the Titans and it'll show on the scoreboard at the end of the day.
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. "We've had a good week and we've just got to go out there and try to play our best", Brady said. "I want to get better, reach different levels and be an all-around better player".
The heavily reported internal squabbling actually plays right into the Patriots' hands. The Titans should feed him at least 25-30 times and give him an opportunity to wear out the Patriots defense and keep them in the game.
The Patriots conceded more passing yards than any team in the league.
In his film study of the Titans' defense this week, Amendola took special notice of safety Kevin Byard, a second-year veteran from Middle Tennessee State who finished the season with 87 tackles (64 solo) and eight interceptions.
On their official injury report released late Friday afternoon, the Steelers listed Brown as questionable to play Sunday.
Wow, wow, wow. Anybody who saw last weekend's playoff game between Tennessee and Kansas had to marvel at the fantastic comeback by the Titans and the stunning individual performance of Marcus Mariota.
Hogan had started this season well, catching 33 passes for 438 yards and five touchdowns in his first eight games. Expect Derrick Henry to get a bulk of the carries. It was a Saturday night game.
New England are hot favourites to beat Tennessee, but the Titans have the offense to make this game interesting as Neil Harvey explains. Stuff both of those Pro Bowl running backs, and you have to figure out a way to get to a man who breaks single-season throwing records for fun in Drew Brees.