Storyline to watch No. 1
Will the bad blood carry over?
Tennessee Titans running back, Dion Lewis, who is also a former Patriot, didn’t mince words after the the Titans crushed the Patriots 34-10 in their Week 10 meeting from last season. He accused the Patriots of being cheap, and also basically called New England soft.
“Hell yeah it’s personal,” Lewis said after the win. “That’s what happens when you go cheap. You get your a– kicked.”
Lewis also had this to say following the victory over the Pats last season.
“I didn’t have to prove anything,” he explained. “I know I can play. I just had to let our team know that these guys are beatable…I know those guys. I know that you (can) be physical with them and let ’em have it and they’ll fold.”
The Pats have made it clear they didn’t forget about the loss, nor the comments made by Lewis after. Lewis did try to downplay those comments during the week, however that might have been too little, too late.
As if that wasn’t enough, Titans rookie receiver, A.J. Brown, and Patriots corner, Stephon Gilmore, got into a spat on Thursday that saw multiple players from both sides jump in.
This situation went from all fun and games between Brady, Belichick, and Vrabel, to nasty real quick.
Will tensions boil over on Saturday night when full contact commences? Who knows, but it is something to watch in what would otherwise be just another preseason game.