The Tennessee Titans will be trying to advance to the AFC Championship game for the first time since 1999, when they visit the New England Patriots on Saturday. The game will be played at Gillette Stadium and is scheduled to begin at 8:15 PM. ET.
Titans vs Patriots Odds
Point Spread and Over/Under
- Tennessee Titans +13.5
- New England Patriots -13.5
- Over/Under 47
Tennessee Titans Analysis…
The Titans are coming off a remarkable comeback win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, and will be trying to pull off another upset this week at the expense of the Patriots.
Derrick Henry came up big for the Titans, and finished the game with 156 rushing yards and one touchdown on 23 carries. Even if DeMarco Murray is healthy enough to play in this game, it will be hard for the Titans to take carries away from Henry.
Marcus Mariota also played well last week, throwing for 205 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 46 more yards. However, he did throw one interception in the game.
Even though they won their last game, they had to come from behind to do so. This time around, they will have to avoid getting themselves in a hole against the Patriots because it will be difficult to come back against the defending Super Bowl champions, especially at home.
New England Patriots Analysis…
After sitting at home for the past week, the New England Patriots will be glad to take the field and get away from the distractions that they have dealt with for the past week.
With an extra week to get ready for the Titans, expect the defense to come after Mariota and try to force him to turn the ball over early in the game. If the Patriots get an early turnover, they can get some quick points and set the pace for the game.
If they let the Titans hang around late in the game, they will be setting themselves up for an upset.
The Patriots will try to run the ball, but might have a tough time doing so after the Titans shut down the Chiefs’ running game last week. If they are unable to run the ball, expect Tom Brady and his receiving corps to keep the Titans’ secondary busy.
If the Titans can’t slow down Rob Gronkowski, expect Brady to throw to his tight end a lot as they try to exploit any holes they can find in the Titans defense.
The Patriots might be the better team, but the Titans will be ready to play. Take Tennessee +13.5.
Play: Titans +13.5