Abril 20, 2018

Brady bullish in focus on Titans

13 Enero 2018, 06:19 | Gerardo Tarin

Tom Brady and Marcus Mariota

Tom Brady and Marcus Mariota

The Titans are a team that have been a odd team.

Chris Hogan and Kyle Van Noy were removed from the injury report issued after practice, meaning they are good to go for Saturday. Rumors persist that Bill Belichick has a strained relationship with owner Robert Kraft and that this will be his last season with the team that has been so incredibly successful.

Let's see if Tennessee or Jacksonville can prove that theory wrong this weekend. In Kansas City, Mariota threw a touchdown pass to himself, and late in the game he made a key block on Derrick Henry's game-clinching run. Unfortunately for them, they have not been quite as successful when it comes to defending opposing arms (25th ranked passing defense).

Mariota is not a precision passer and the Titans don't have a bevy of playmakers, but he is talented dual-threat quarterback. "I think he has the ability to be the league MVP", said Eddie George, the Titans/Oilers' all-time leading rusher.

Three NFL head coaches have won 36 games in the postseason. "You've just got to prepare and keep on working hard and keep on grinding".

Tom Brady will be playing in his 14th divisional-round playoff game on Saturday.

Football is a game of territory. "We want to make noise while we're here".

Brian Orakpo has been a solid addition at linebacker for the Titans since he arrived in 2015. This is going to be one of the first times ever that fans will be able to get such a deep look into Brady's private life on and off the field. The Patriots offense faltered against a bad Jets team, and there were worries if this offense could perform in the postseason.

"All (Bennett) had to do was catch the ball, " McGinnis sighed. He's one of the best backs in the National Football League at running off tackle, but it can also get him in trouble like it did in Week 17 vs. Jacksonville when he lost big yards.

"Branch, 6'6" 325lbs, is a run-stuffer, and New England will benefit greatly from his return. With Burkhead paired alongside Dion Lewis, this could be the best Patriot rushing attack since Corey Dillon's great 2004 season. No, he doesn't need any additional motivation with his 35th playoff game on deck, but remember the emotion the Patriots displayed for Brady during the "on to Cincinnati" game in 2014 and his first home game after his Deflategate suspension in 2016. Just a week after facing one duo of an elite tight end and speed receiver, the Titans defense will have to do it again in the divisional round of the playoffs. Some were small (Tyrod Taylor), some were big (Ben Roethlisberger), some were Supermen (Cam Newton) and some were Saints (Drew Brees).

In last week's comeback win against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Tennessee Titans offense converted all seven of their third down situations in the second half. Subsequently, the Titans needed a Wild Card berth to make this year's playoff cut. He finished the Chiefs game with 23 carries for 156 rushing yards, second most in franchise history, trailing only George, and it was Henry's first game of his career with at least 20 carries.

Henry is more than big, New England safety Devin McCourty said. After rushing for 1,287 yards and catching 53 passes in 2016 for Tennessee, Murray averaged just 3.6 yards per carry this season and rushed for nearly half as many yards as he did last season.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Marcus Mariota for the Titans. Most of the damage has been done on the edges, but teams have found running room more often than not regardless of approach in 2017. Tight end Delanie Walker scores two touchdowns. Vikings receiver Adam Thielen is turning into a star with 91 catches for 1,276 yards and running back Latavius Murray started to come on over the last month of the regular season.

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