Titans RB Murray out against Patriots
- Author: Stacy Allen Jan 13, 2018,
Jan 13, 2018, 0:16
"They're the champs and these are the types of teams you've got to beat if you want to be the champs", says Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey, who is 0-5 against the Patriots.
"We're not here just to get here", Ryan said.
Patriots receiver Danny Amendola hasn't noticed any change in Brady.
"He's the ultimate professional and he gets his teammates better. Time." When pressed about it, Brady simply noted the importance of the Tennessee game. It opened the week as a 13-point underdog, and prior to last week hadn't won a playoff game since the 2003 season.
Harrison is capable of getting it done both as a pass-rusher and also against the run, so however the Patriots opt to deploy him, it could mean big things for this defense.
Former Titans general manager Floyd Reese, now a radio show host on 102.5 The Game, sees a quality in Mariota that he also saw in the last guy to guide Tennessee to a playoff victory - Steve McNair. Joe Montana (45), Brett Favre (44), Peyton Manning (40) and Aaron Rodgers (36) round out the top five. I've got to tell you. I'm expecting Harrison to come out hungry and have a monster game against the Titans. I want to make him look like (Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback) Blake Bortles if I can to try to catch a couple picks. "It doesn't matter if you're young or old, it's a great feeling to be in this place", Tom Brady said. "I'm not really looking at it like that".
Hogan is a massive mismatch for a Titans secondary, which has allowed opposing wide receivers to rack up 193 catches for 2,286 yards and 17 touchdowns this year. Extrapolate that over a full 60 minutes and you're looking at a huge game from Rob Gronkowski, the only tight end better than Kelce. This line is continuing to climb but with Tennessee's offense being so far behind New England's and this one being in Foxboro the two-touchdown line seems appropriate. I think he's done an incredible job through his career of making plays and being that guy that they need. That's more such players than the 11 other 2017 playoff teams combined (13). It will be all hands on deck and time to go work come kickoff. No one's going to be able to do it for you.
If the Titans have any hope of slowing down Brady, the X factor might be defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. This is why he is considered a lock to become a Head Coach in 2018.
"Once we walk on that field", LeBeau said, "we won't know who the hell's on the other side of the field to be honest with you".
Brady isn't taking anything for granted. Belichick said the foundation of LeBeau's defense has remained the same over the years, modified for the players he has and the teams he's facing. The team relied on Dion Lewis and the ground game. Wise played in bowl games each of his final three years at the University of Arkansas, but this will be his first true win-or-go-home endeavor.