When the New England Patriots step back onto the field on Saturday, it will have been two weeks since they had a moment of game action.
The team disputed several aspects of ESPN's report, citing "several inaccuracies", and sent out a statement in which Kraft, Belichick and Brady said, "We stand united". "At this point, I'm all in on Tennessee". I thought our O-line and tight ends did a really good job of blocking for him. From the tuck rule game to Tim Tebow's unlikely (and short-lived) postseason cameo, the New England Patriots have found a home on Saturday nights in the second weekend of the playoffs. "There is tension from the Jimmy Garoppolo trade and who wanted what, to Tom Brady's trainer and all of these issues they've battled through this year".
Brady is 40 years old and has 25 playoff wins. Now, some of those are plays where Tom simply chose to take the sack, but that number still seems very large when you consider that he was sacked just 15 times in 12 regular season games last season. "He's always preparing hard". Johnson said. "Going from being a rotational guy and to starting and being the first person out there to get a feel of the game, it helps to get that first series, get a feel of it and assess what you've got from the drive".
"The feeling around here, the intensity is high, the preparation is high just like any other time", Gronkowski observed.
A flight delay on Friday shouldn't impact the Titans' performance on Saturday - just so long as Mike Mularkey plans a better bus strategy to the stadium than Bill O'Brien had previous year. We show up to work and try to do the best we can do. Even though the Jaguars are one of only two teams to have a winning record in Pittsburgh during the Roethlisberger era (4-1), Bortles is the more likely QB to throw five picks in what amounts to the biggest game of his life. And since we haven't gotten a look at this year's playoff Pats, the talk surrounding New England is strictly focused on the aforementioned story which alleges an encroaching breakup. The Titans will need more of that energy and desire along with skill if they are to win this game. They've scored at least 30 points three times in their past seven games. Mariota will definitely have to use his legs in this game to extend drives, but there will also be moments when he'll have to make tough throws. "We know we have to be better than we were last week, executing plays that are called, and just practicing on being efficient on every drive we have".
Hogan missed seven of the final eight games of the regular season with a shoulder injury, which he suffered against the Los Angeles Chargers on October 29. "You've got to expect pressure, and it could be safeties, corners, linebackers".