Maurice Jones-Drew: Titans will beat Patriots because of Derrick Henry

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Please enjoy this limited viewing Subscription and advertising revenue enables local, legitimate journalism. It is a given that if you are able to get garbage at the feet of Tom Brady, he is not the same QB. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FOXBOROUGH, Mass.

The Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator might call it a career after the next loss - most of the world in Saturday night's playoff game at mighty New England - and he might be chasing more Super Bowl rings five years from now. The Titans have lost their last three games in which Mariota threw 30 or more passes. He has 13 passing touchdowns and one interception in those games - his best touchdown to interception ratio against any opponent in his career.

"He saw some of the things that he missed by trying to bounce some things", Titans coach Mike Mularkey said.

The Patriots, meanwhile, were dealt some adversity when ESPN reported a rift between Brady, head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft.

He provides Brady with a comfort blanket and that big body presence in the middle of the field that is a nightmare for opposition defences.

"We do what we always do", he said. "Our work will be cut out for us keeping them contained and hopefully giving them some things that can cause them some problems". I think we captured something special in this and I am proud of the entire team of people who worked hard to make it happen. But Tom Brady and his vast array of receivers should run wild against Tennessee's very mediocre secondary.

If they're going to follow up their first playoff win in 14 years by making it to the AFC championship game for the third time since moving to Tennessee, they are going to need a huge night and the offense.

CBS, with Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson and do I really have to list Jay Feely? I still don't necessarily trust the D, but when Bill Belichick has extra time to prepare for you, he is a master at exposing your weaknesses and taking away your strengths.

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Gronkowski has gone for more than 140 yards in two of his last three games, but the Titans have excellent safeties in Johnathan Cyprien and Kevin Byard, who led the National Football League with eight interceptions this season. Maybe, just maybe, they can make the Pats worry. "I'm looking forward to it".

The contrast in quarterbacks will be stark. After all, this is the playoffs and this is Tom Brady. So I expect Marcus Mariota to skip his way to a large tally. New England, unsurprisingly, finished as the AFC's No. 1 seed and, naturally, got to sit on their butts during the first round of this year's postseason.

"I have thought for many years how cool it would be to show fans other aspects of my life and interact with them in a different way", Brady said in a press release. There's no other reason why you're playing this weekend unless you've earned it.

The New England Patriots start their postseason campaign on Saturday as heavy favourites, but also begin their 15th playoff appearance in 17 seasons with a fair share of doubt surrounding the franchise. If the NFL Network is part of your cable package, you can also live stream the game through the NFL app on XBox, Apple TV, or Roku device on your TV.

"Whether you are pressuring or whether you are going coverage, if he knows where you are going, then he is going to be pretty effective", LeBeau said. That's what we're getting paid for, so to be a professional is to put everything aside and go out there and do the best you can for the team and try and help us win.

The Patriots are a remarkable 18-3 in playoff games at Gillette Stadium since it opened in 2002, including 9-1 in the divisional round. "You're out there, you're in the position to succeed".

Putting Brady on this list is nearly like cheating, but what do you expect?