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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had an emotional week after losing his good friend and personal trainer Dana Parenteau, and on Sunday he took his emotions out onto the field and left it all out there.
An interesting aspect to this game is how well New England can run the ball, behind an inconsistent offensive line and their top two running backs now on injured reserve. If the Patriots are too one-dimensional on offense then Tennessee might keep it interesting for a while thanks to their pass rush, but in the end the Titans are just far too overmatched in all three phases of the game to keep pace. The Patriots already had their annual WTF game two weeks ago against Philadelphia; they are not about to look past this one or lose a second straight home game.
Take the Patriots minus the points despite the big line.
Through the first 10 games Harmon allowed only one completion on four attempts for 9 yards while logging three interceptions and a pass defensed
In both conferences the race for the number five seed is nearly as meaningful as getting a first round bye. Both of the number five seeds will most likely be playing against a team with a .500 (or losing record). On the other hand the number six seed will have to go on the road against a ten or eleven-win club.
The X-Factor this week in the passing game is White; he’s been coming into his own in recent weeks in replacing Dion Lewis
Mariota is completing 62.4 percent of his passes and has thrown for 2786 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions with a 91.9 passer rating. All very respectable numbers especially for a rookie
Tennessee just gave up 183 rushing yards (while gaining just 24 yards on the ground themselves), so normally you would think that New England’s game plan would be to just run, run and run some more. Problem for the Patriots is that they are running out of running backs, so that may not be feasible.
So wait, Thursday Night Football will be on Saturday after the season already opened with Sunday Night Football on Thursday?
The NFL announced on Tuesday that the starting times of this season’s late regular-season Saturday afternoon games and Saturday playoff games will be revised to make those national telecasts available to a wider audience.
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