Tennessee Titans: Three Things to Watch against the New England Patriots

Tennessee Titans: Three Things to Watch against the New England Patriots

Not only was there a touchdown pass by Mariota to Mariota, but the QB also had a hell of a block that opened a lane for a 22-yard run by Derrick Henry. The Titans are coming off of a huge victory over the Kansas City Chiefs during Wild Card Weekend, and they have a lot of momentum behind them.

"They won the Super Bowl and I was like, 'I'm going to see that banner.' So I got a season ticket", she added.

The 29-year-old wide receiver emerged as one of the team's best options during the Patriots' run to the Super Bowl in 2016, as he caught 17 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns during the postseason.

Safety Duron Harmon and his buddies on the New England defense know they have to deal with Marcus Mariota's "unique skill" set when the Tennessee Titans visit the Patriots for Saturday night's AFC divisional playoff game.

CBS' top crew on the call: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (analysis), Tracy Wolfson (sideline) and Jay Feely (kicking expert) will broadcast the game on CBS. "We just try to do all the little things because we know if we have a great week of practice, it usually translates to a good performance during Saturday".

After receiving a first-round bye, the Patriots are 13.5-point favorites over Tennessee.


Now, in the divisional round of the playoffs, they'll face another in the Tennessee Titans' Marcus Mariota. Every week, you go in, you want to stop the run, especially us. Mariota threw two touchdown passes - one to himself - and helped the Titans erase a 21-3 halftime deficit in the game.

Pittsburgh and Jacksonville play their AFC semi-final on Sunday afternoon and the well-rested Steelers - who were blown away by the Jaguars in the regular season - are licking their chops.

No, the Titans won't beat New England. "He saw some of the things that he missed by trying to bounce some things". 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. A combination of everything. "A lot of times it takes more than one guy to bring him down, so the more guys we can get to the ball, the better our tackling will be". We're not telling him that he can't bounce it. It was the first time such a play had happened for a score in postseason history. "I think he was much more consistent trusting the blocking scheme". While the regular season may have been disappointing, Orapko got 1.5 sacks in the first game of the postseason versus the Chiefs.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota was the beneficiary of a couple of dubious calls last week but did make some spectacular plays, nearly reminding one that he won the Heisman Trophy with the Oregon Ducks, but he has been even more inconsistent than Henry during his three-year professional career.

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 past year.

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