Welcome to the rematch of the 2017 Divisional Playoffs.When I originally saw this game on the
schedule I cringed.Nothing worse than
an up-and-coming ball club looking for revenge from last year’s playoffs.The Jaguars game from earlier this year was
all the proof I needed on that.
However, now that we are here…and the Titans are 4-4….I’m a
little less worried.Is that wrong of
The Titans are another team that has really tried to
duplicate the Patriot way.Between them
and the Texans, we have no shortage of posers in the NFL.General Manager Jon Robinson and Coach Mike
Vrabel has paid a big contract to Malcolm Butler and Dion Lewis just to try and
get some of that juju.People also
forget they have Logan Ryan and Josh Kline too.
Despite their commitment to adding players from an excellent
organization, it looks like Tennessee has taken a step back from last year.
Marcus Mariota has been significantly less effective this
year.Their offense as a whole has
scored less than 21 points in 6 out of 8 games played so far.Dion Lewis has less than 400 yards on the
ground, although we remember well that he is a dual threat and can catch the
On Defense, Malcolm Butler has been less than
excellent.He got burned a couple times
last week against Dallas on a national stage, and has some pundits asking if he
is worth that big contract.The defense
has let up more than 21 points in 3 of 8 games, so they look like they are
keeping the team at .500
This game is on the road for the Pats, which is one factor I
am looking at.They have not played so
great away from Gilette.
That being said, let’s jump into some predictions:
Prediction:Trouble in the red zone – The Titans are one
of the best in the business at in the red area.I think we will have to settle for a FG several times…think the Bills
game from a few weeks ago.Let’s say 3 FG
attempts in the red area.
Prediction:Stop the run – I think we can plug them up on
the ground.We will hold them to less
than 100 rushing yards.
Prediction:Pats win 31-17 – I just don’t see the Titans
stopping us consistently, and their offense isn’t good enough to keep up.Let’s put these chumps in the rear-view and
get into the bye.Time get healthy and
go apple picking.