Pats chase return to AFC final

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

The Titans came all the way back from a pretty big deficit to knock off the Chiefs on the road so momentum is on their side, but that can only take you so far.

The general belief is there are four contenders for the Super Bowl in the NFC, two in the AFC.

The Tennessee Titans brought some heat against a mobile quarterback in Alex Smith last week in Kansas City.

Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey says running back DeMarco Murray will not play against the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional round. The prized free agent has not exactly been the player the Titans hoped he would be, but he has been solid for them at times. I've got to tell you. Couple that with great protection from the defensive line, and some blistering, improvised runs from Mariota, and just about everything the Titans attempted - came off. In those games against Kansas City, Carolina and Miami, the Patriots allowed 11 trips to the red zone - and eight touchdowns.

Three weeks into his time with New England, Harrison called himself "a little more comfortable" with the defense. Tom Brady threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns. But whether it will be Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead or James White is anyone's guess, given coach Bill Belichick's penchant for switching RBs. "They've got a bunch of good players in their secondary, some names that we're familiar with, and then some new guys. I think he saw that, and obviously he's a quick, fast learner". "It doesn't really matter what happens outside of this facility and what we're trying to accomplish".

No, the Titans won't beat New England.

Ben Roethlisberger had the worst game of his career in that October loss to the Jags.

So be prepared to see a focused New England team this postseason with a great chance to be the first repeat Super Bowl champs since - who else? - the 2003-04 Patriots.

The delay was caused by an incident involving another plane that slid off the runway at Nashville International Airport, although a spokesperson for the airport said weather was not a factor, per the Tennessean. The Jaguars ranked first stopping the pass, but 21st against the run.

"I've been removed for so long", Britt said, via Patriots Wire. "I can't complain. I like where I am".

General stadium view of U.S. Bank Stadium
General stadium view of U.S. Bank Stadium

"It's going to be a W, I know for a fact", his friend Greg Blanchard added.

Pittsburgh also gets back receiver Antonio Brown, like Bell an All-Pro this season. He gained more yards running than throwing vs. Buffalo in the wild-card round. Part of that owes to Atlanta's impressive work in winning at the Los Angeles Rams last week. The NFL's stellar officiating crew in NY put their thumb on the scale in favor of the bigger Super Bowl draw of the Pats when they raped the Steelers out of the winning touchdown and guaranteed the homefield advantage to the Pats. Ditto for the red-hot and healthy Falcons, who head to Philadelphia to face a Carson Wentz-less Eagles offense that hasn't scored since Christmas Day. I will be honest in admitting that Blake Bortles didn't cost them last game but this time around it could be very different. There's a reason I've been able to do what I've been able to do.

"I've played against his defense a number of times, and they're always well-coached", Amendola said. So I don't really care if it was Joe Montana.

Minnesota easily handled New Orleans in the season opener, eons ago in National Football League terms.

I was the general manager of the Vikings team in 1998 that had a quarterback controversy with Brad Johnson getting hurt and being replaced by Randall Cunningham.

Case Keenum stepped in for Bradford and has had an MVP-type season.

The Saints' RB tandem of Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara wasn't quite in place yet, either.

Minnesota's D is balanced from front to back, so how Drew Brees deals with it could be the decider here.

Said Belichick: "Coach LeBeau is as good as there is, as good a defensive coach as there is".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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