New England Patriots: 3 Bold predictions for Divisional Round vs. Titans

Given how well Henry ran during the Titans' initial playoff game, that's a sound approach, though in turn it's expected the New England coaching staff will craft its defensive game plan with containing the Tennessee ground game as its top priority.

Thursday's news conference was Brady's first since an ESPN The Magazine article was published last Friday that detailed friction between him, owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick.

"We're not here just to get here", Ryan said.

We still managed to have the NFL's best record at 15-1 before we were beaten in a heartbreaking, overtime NFC title game, and that loss had nothing to do with off-field happenings. If Mitchell is not included in the mix, the Patriots will have Chris Hogan, Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, Kenny Britt, and Phillip Dorsett at the receiver position. "The guy, he's a brother to a lot of us in there, a real good friend of mine, but there's nothing I want more than to see him lose Saturday night", McCourty said of the cornerback, who was also with him at Rutgers.

Tennessee recognizes the challenge it faces against Brady.

OddsShark notes Tennessee is a 13.5-point underdog against the defending Super Bowl champions.

That doesn't mean the Titans fear the Patriots. "He had a good game, did some good things, and I think he's in a good place", offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie said. Had rec. TD in his last game vs. NE (12/27/15 with NYJ). Only former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana had a longer streak with eight games. I think they're just happy to have finally won a playoff game (their first postseason victory since 2004) and I think the Patriots are just a better, more experienced team. "I'm not really looking at it like that".

- In NFL playoff history, a quarterback aged 40-or-older has only thrown for more than 100-plus yards three times and 2 or more touchdowns twice. They were getting burned by Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce in the first half of last week's game, which changed dramatically when Kelce was injured just before half-time. New England is particularly vulnerable along the edges, and Henry often looks to bounce outside.

Because this is just me. No other team have more than five home wins in the postseason in that time. It will be all hands on deck and time to go work come kickoff. Stud linebacker Don't'a Hightower went on IR earlier in the season with a torn pectoral muscle and free agent signing David Harris has not been able to see the field consistently.

"It's my job trying to help this team win games", Henry said. Brady should have a monster day, expect something along the lines of four touchdown passes. "But, you know, he's a very strong-armed quarterback, he can extend plays, he can scramble to run or he can get out of trouble and then find his receivers downfield".

Brady isn't taking anything for granted.

"Marcus is our leader in the huddle", says center Ben Jones, a sixth-year player. Your coaches have put a lot on you.

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