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Rita Gibson | 13 January, 2018, 14:41

It was an impressive victory for the Titans, as they had to overcome a 21-3 deficit.

With the Patriots once again surrounded by controversy, Bill Belichick has adopted his favorite mantra as the defending Super Bowl champions prepare for Saturday night's divisional round playoff game against the Titans. The task will be tough for Tennessee.

Key player: As well as quarterback Marcus Mariota has to play, the impetus to a Tennessee upset is actually running back Derrick Henry. Will those distractions galvanize them or will they throw them off course? We've earned it, the Titans have earned it and I'm sure it'll be a very competitive game. If the Titans hold him at bay in the running game, don't be surprised if Lewis starts burning them with his receiving ability. Maybe, just maybe, they can make the Pats worry. I want to make him look like (Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback) Blake Bortles if I can to try to catch a couple picks.

Coleman played in the wild-card round against Carolina, catching four passes for 44 yards last Sunday.

NOTE: Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey, talking with New England reporters via a conference call, was asked what affect the ESPN story might have on the Patriots, said, "You know what, I'll be honest with you, I don't know anything about it".

It showed last Saturday at Kansas City when a half-dozen teammates erupted from the Titans' bench to mob Mariota after he delivered a physical block on Chiefs linebacker that paved the way for to get a game-clinching first down on third-and-10.

Frankly, there are a large number of people around town just like her, even hardcore Titans fans.

It's a major improvement for the 2016 43rd overall pick out of Penn State, who was inactive in six of the first nine games of his rookie season a year ago. Against the Patriots, he is going to need to do the same.

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The Patriots picked up the veteran wide receiver towards the end of the season after he was waived by the Cleveland Browns, but don't expect Britt to provide much information on his former team.

No catchy line for this point. "You're just having fun playing with the guys". Fortunately, they were able to come back and win but this week, those things could cost them. Henry is a bruiser who can run over guys. There can not be any slipups this week versus the Patriots. As for getting a read of the Patriots, there are plenty of men in the Titans organization who can do that just fine without inside info. In the end, Tennessee was able to take out the once AFC-leading Chiefs and force them to stay home. He's one of the best backs in the National Football League at running off tackle, but it can also get him in trouble like it did in Week 17 vs. Jacksonville when he lost big yards.

The Patriots would prefer to keep Mariota in the pocket and make him beat them with his arm. The Titans have to bring pressure to him, especially up the middle.

Casey and the defensive front can take away that time.

"He's the best, " Mariota said of Brady this week.

Henry is capable of wearing down a defense so the Patriots need to get bodies on him early to limit his impact. However, in this game, he needs to be not only solid on the field but solid in what information he can provide for his team.

They are the ones that matter and you won't find one player or coach that will agree with those on sports talk radio, TV sportscasters and any other columnists and talking heads.

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