Tennessee Titans vs New England Patriots: Game Prediction


After punting on its first two possessions and falling behind 7-0, New England scored on three straight drives to pull away.

When the Titans review their performance, they'll be most disappointed they didn't take advantage of some of their strengths - things that might have helped spring an upset for the ages. The Patriots have once again shown themselves as the favourites to win it all this season.

With Brady at the helm, the Patriots are 6-1 against the Titans, and the star quarterback has 13 touchdowns and one interception in those games.

The Titans know that another slow start will likely result in a loss against the Patriots.

New England strung together one first down after another, converting 11-of-17 third down chances and winding up with nearly five more minutes of possession time. If they can control the clock and move the chains with Henry they will have a chance.

"That one goes down in history", Mularkey said of the play. "It's a quick passing game". It was a close call, as it could have been a Patriots false start, but it went against the Titans.

The Titans also entered Saturday's game as the second-least penalized team in the league, one that twice in the last month had committed just two penalties. Even without DeMarco Murray, who will miss the game against New England, the Titans have a punishing ground game that will be led by Derrick Henry (who had over 150 rushing yards against the Chiefs last week).

The Titans scored first as Marcus Mariota threw a ideal pass to Corey Davis, who made an incredible one-handed diving catch in the end zone to give the Titans a 7-0 lead with 1:14 remaining in the first quarter. "They're waiting on you to do it and we did".

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"They didn't make a lot of mistakes". The largest spread ever in a Divisional Round game was past year with New England -16.5 vs. Houston, and the Pats won 34-16. Mariota was sacked eight times, more than any game this season.

Rookie wideout Taywan Taylor dropped two passes that could have led to points and momentum to end the first half. He posted just 375 yards all season.

That said, the Titans still have their share of questions to address during the offseason.

Matt Ryan tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Devonta Freeman to give the Atlanta Falcons a 10-6 lead over the Eagles with 5:41 left in the second quarter. Despite numerous injuries, the Patriots steamrolled through the regular season as we have become accustomed to seeing.

Overall, Mariota and his group of new receivers - which included Davis, Eric Decker and Taywan Taylor - didn't quite click the way the Titans had hoped.

"He played well, made a bunch of big plays", Mariota said of Davis.

The touchdown pass that followed, by the way, was an effortless floater to Rob Gronkowski. That's what we expect out of him.

"These are fun games to play in". That's why they've been successful all these years. James White caught a touchdown pass and ran for another, and Danny Amendola had 11 catches for 112 yards. He has proven his worth over the final few weeks. And where exactly can you catch all the action this weekend?