Enjoy this match between Patriots vs Titans. This NFL playoff football game is the most important tonight. Both team side are very strongly prepared to win. They’re now aiming at the #1 seed Patriots.The Patriots open up their postseason against a team that has defeated two playoff squads in back-to-back weeks. The Titans won their regular season finale against the #3 seed Jacksonville Jaguars to secure a playoff spot and then dispatched the #4 seed Kansas City Chiefs during wild card weekend.
New England is coming off their eighth straight playoff bye week and they need a win to reach their seventh straight AFC Championship Game and keep their hopes of winning three out of four Super Bowls alive. The Patriots are the heavy favorites, but the Titans already exceeded expectations by reaching the divisional round; they have no reason to hold anything back and have nothing to lose Patriots vs Titans.
Patriots vs Titans Match Details:
Time, TV channel, and streaming info
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
Odds: New England is favored by 13.5 points.
Announcers: Jim Nantz and Tony Romo, with Tracy Wolfson on the sidelines.
Channels: Courtesy of the New England Patriots media guide.
Boston, Mass. WBZ-TV Channel 4
Radio: 98.5 FM, with Scott Zolak and Bob Socci
The Titans pulled off an epic rally last Saturday to upset the Chiefs in the Wild Card Round. Now they’ll have to defeat another favored opponent who knows a little something about monumental playoff comebacks the New England Patriots. Patriots vs Titans The two teams will meet on Saturday in the Divisional Round; kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on CBS (live stream).
Tennessee trailed 21-3 at halftime before snapping to life in the third quarter. Third-year quarterback Marcus Mariota had a modest performance through the air, but his will to win manifested itself on the ground, with important yard-churning blocks, and even as a receiver for his own batted pass as the Titans clawed back to devastate Kansas City. He’ll need to be even better on Saturday to topple a Patriot defense left with plenty to prove, Patriots vs Titans.
New England’s 2-2 start was defined by its cheesecloth defense. The Pats gave up a league-high 32 points per game and threw the Belichick-Brady dynasty into question before rebounding to become the league’s stingiest unit. Since Week 5, no team in the NFL has allowed fewer points than New England’s 14.0 per game. Patriots vs Titans Brady’s team is 11-1 in that span.
That leaves Mariota and his offense an even taller task than beating the Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium. Foxborough will be rocking thanks to yet another home game for the Patriots. Will it be enough to negate the Titans’ momentum?
Online Streaming: NFL Game Pass for international viewers, 98.5 The Sports Hub Online Radio Stream. Yahoo! Sports is also providing streaming on their mobile app on all mobile providers Patriots vs Titans.
Is this the last year of the Belichick-Brady-Kraft triumverate? A report from ESPN’s Seth Wickersham says that tensions between the team’s twin icons, head coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady, have festered to the point that the situation might just be untenable going forward.
In the middle of it is Robert Kraft, the team’s owner, who inserted himself into the fray in a meeting with Belichick this season that ended with Kraft instructing his head coach to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, Patriots vs Titans Marcus Mariota’s effort all over the field — including a touchdown pass to HIMSELF — pushed his Titans to an unlikely win last week.
You know things are going well for the Patriots when fans’ biggest concern is how their former backup quarterback is doing.
To many Patriots fans, the Garoppolo trade was a shock when it happened. Patriots vs Titans – But looking closer at the circumstances of the deal — the Patriots’ most beloved backup quarterback of the Brady era (no disrespect to Ryan Mallett) for a 2018 second-round pick — they had no choice but to get him out of their division and the conference for some sort of return before he signed with a more direct competitor in free agency. Otherwise, they would be forced to spend upward of $22 million on him with a franchise tag to keep him on the roster next fall.
The Titans’ reliance on a versatile running attack was the catalyst to last week’s comeback — and it’s the blueprint for the team’s future. The change in offensive performance coincided with a change in approach from the Titans. They spent the majority of the third and fourth quarters in shotgun formations with 11-personnel, often in no-huddle with Mariota making calls and checks at the line. The playcalling also took a distinct turn — perhaps because Mariota appeared to be making many of the calls — featuring more read option run calls and more short-to-intermediate throws towards the middle of the field Patriots vs Titans.
Is Tom Brady ready to rebound from a season-ending slump?
Brady remains a popular MVP pick, but he didn’t finish the season with a confidence-building performance. The 40-year-old quarterback threw six interceptions in his final six games — including a two-pick performance in the team’s surprising loss to the Dolphins. That ended an otherwise brilliant season on a sour note, but a solid Week 17 performance and a full two weeks to prepare should have him ready to face the league’s 25th-ranked passing defense.
Patriots vs Titans key matchup: Dion Lewis vs. Derrick Henry
DION LEWIS vs. DERRICK HENRY
Why the Patriots have the advantage:
Lewis, who entered the NFL in 2011, just had more rushing yards (896) than the rest of his seasons combined. He had 1,110 yards from scrimmage and 10 total touchdowns, and he is running as confidently as ever. Plus, the Patriots use the pass to set up the run, while the Titans need to run to set up the passing game, which leads to more unpredictability for the hosts.
Why the Titans have the advantage:
Henry, who has inexplicably been DeMarco Murray’s co-pilot, was the man last week against the Chiefs and ripped off a career-high 23 carries for 156 yards and a touchdown. He runs hard behind a tenacious, physical offensive line that suits his style perfectly.
Importance to the game’s outcome: Both teams need to run the ball to have success. The Patriots need Lewis to keep the pass rush off Tom Brady as much as possible, while the Titans need Henry to produce because Marcus Mariota probably can’t win the game by himself.
Skinny: There’s another key element at play, as the Titans have the fourth-ranked run defense while the Patriots were No. 20. Expect the Patriots to try to crack that tough defensive front to give Brady a breather from the pass rush, but he is obviously much more equipped to handle a pass-heavy offense than Mariota if it comes down to it.
Patriots vs Titans prediction:
Every last one of our experts believes the Patriots will win this one. Check out all of their Divisional Round picks to see how they think the other games will go.