The Titans were lucky to get out of Kansas City with a win; the Mariota pass deflected back to him for a touchdown was freakish.
After days spent issuing joint statements and then he and Tom Brady making the rounds doing radio interviews to discredit and deny the contents of the January 5 story from ESPN detailing the supposed "internal power struggle in New England", Belichick declared he and his team were "all in" preparing for the Titans.
"We're not the Chiefs".
"That's a good question", Brady said about why he made the film and what he hopes viewers get out of it. As a defense, we take the challenge. He's big. There's a lot of big backs out there. "It will be fun to talk a little trash to each other", said Patriots safety Devin McCourty during his press conference on Tuesday.
Mariota had a memorable first playoff game, completing 19-of-31 passes for 205 yards and two touchdown passes - including one to himself on a deflected ball. This week, Tom Brady will be the target and the Titans have to get to him.
"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. If everybody crashes inside, he'll bounce. He wears down opponents with his power running style, as evidenced by him finishing second in the National Football League in fourth-quarter rushing yards. Heisman Trophy Winner Derrick Henry rushed for 156 yards and averaged 6.8 yards per carry at Arrowhead Stadium. New England is favored by 131/2 points. "I want to make [Brady] look like Blake Bortles if I can to catch a couple picks". "I mean, he's a big guy".
Mariota's return to form of late, being healthy enough to run again, has caught the attention of his teammates and coaches - along with his never-say-die attitude, but when asked about his individual play, Mariota says, "Just playing my game, executing to the best of my abilities and just trying to make a play". Even without DeMarco Murray, who will miss the game against New England, the Titans have a punishing ground game that will be led by Derrick Henry (who had over 150 rushing yards against the Chiefs last week). The longer the Titans are able to keep the Patriots off the field, the more they enhance their chances to win. "I think he was much more consistent trusting the blocking scheme". Running back James White led the team at the time. They've all denied there's a rift, which is what you would expect them to do.
"They went their way, I went mine, and there is no bad blood there", he said. This week Murray has not practiced and is already ruled out for what should be the last game of the Titans season. "But I feel like if we're on our stuff and we're just ready to go, I feel like it's going to be a really good game, and we can come out with a victory". The game will be broadcast on CBS.