Patriots vs. Titans: 3 keys to the game, fun facts, prediction

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DeMarco Murray already has been declared out for a third straight game for Tennessee, leaving the backfield to Henry.

The Patriots have had a week off to prepare. 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.

But now that I've got Titans fans all excited, allow me to disappoint you. The team relied on Dion Lewis and the ground game.

Without Wentz, the Eagles' hitherto explosive offense sputtered, with back-up quarterback Nick Foles featuring in a nervy 19-10 win over the Oakland Raiders before missing most of a 6-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Tom Brady isn't going to sit back and let his character be assassinated any longer. Kevin Byard and the Titans defense will need to slow him down to keep their season alive.

According to one National Football League executive, speaking anonymously to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, Kraft could ask for "three No. 1 draft picks" in exchange for Belichick.

The Titans enter as 13-point underdog, but linebacker Derrick Morgan said it's a role they happily embrace. The Pats are averaging almost 400 yards per game and 30 points at home.

I know what you're thinking, "Adam", you're saying aloud to your computer or mobile device, "It sounds like you're not giving the Titans a chance in this one?" This will actually be Tennessee's sixth contest over the last nine that has not been at home. Eventually everyone starts to ask if, should Bill Belichick be so unhappy in New England that he would leave, where he would go?

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Combine the perceived persecution with the undeniable fact the trio of men at the center of the Patriots are closing in on the end of a run together, and it has the makings of a ideal storm. There's some rumblings from ESPN about a rift between Brady, Belichick and Kraft concerning Tom Terrific's charlatan Dr. Oz wannabe, but I'll believe that's a problem when it shows up on the field. I should also say he was unbelievably lucky too. I don't think that the story trickles down to the rest of the team, but it's at least a factor. Cleveland swept the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs past year even with George and former All-Star Jeff Teague.

Marcus Mariota threw for 205 yards while adding another 46 on the ground on eight rushes in last week's comeback win.

Tennessee hasn't been to a conference championship game since the 2002 season, but has been invigorated coming off its first playoff win in 14 years. "We've got to find out where he's at". A wide receiver corps Eric Decker, Corey Davis and Rishard Matthews doesn't scare anyone and certainly should be locked down by the Patriots' secondary.

The Titans (10-7) rallied from a 21-3 deficit to pull off a 22-21 wildcard win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. I mean, he runs 60 yards down the field, comes back and gets in the huddle and runs another one.

"We have a job to do and we know what our job is", he said, "and that's to go out and play football at a high level and play well". That's more such players than 11 other playoff teams combined (13).

The Philadelphia Eagles will play the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Tennessee Titans will take on the Los Angeles Chargers. Both of Belichick's coordinators are expected to get other head coaching jobs; in fact, OC Josh McDaniels was rumoured as a candidate for the Titans job had Tennessee not made the playoffs. If Tennessee is to run the ball, control clock and limit New England's possessions, there's a good chance Lewan and Conklin will plow that path.

Gillette Stadium in January is not a place for magical storylines involving New England opponents.

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