Josh Capps looks ahead to the Patriots first game on Wildcard weekend since 2009. Can the Titans go in and pull off the upset?
For the first time since 2009 the Patriots are not sat at home watching the wild card games to see who comes to Foxborough next week. Instead they are preparing to take on a Tennessee side who have looked very dangerous in recent weeks and could cause some issues.
The last time a team played int he first round and won the Super Bowl was the 2012 Ravens, and after a shock defeat to Miami last week the Patriots will have to overcome history to lift their seventh Super Bowl title.
Tennessee have nothing to lose going up against Brady and the Patriots, and with some of their recent performances there’s nothing stopping them getting a win here. Derrick Henry again posted an outstanding performance last week against Houston, posting over 200 yards rushing, alongside a hat trick of touchdowns and he could be the difference between the two sides on Saturday night. AJ Brown also had a great week at WR so confidence will be high that Tannehill can use both wisely again.
The Patriots will still be a little stunned from what happened last week, but will be raring to go. Brady will be looking to utilise his favourite WR at this time of the year and give Edelman a lot to go at. Tennessee are not the strongest against the passing game compared to the rush and Brady will definitely be aware of this. Michel and Burkhead have improved vastly coming down the stretch and give the Patriots wider options alongside NKeal Harry and Mohammed Sanu.
AJ Brown v Stephon Gilmore
This match up could be special, Brown has posted over 1000 yards as a rookie and will be going up against the potential defensive player of the year. This area of the field could get interesting when the ball is in the air.
New England 20 Tennessee 17