I’m honestly a little bit surprised the Titans got to where they are now. Not because I think this team is fake, but just because Tennessee fans know all too well the heartbreak and disappointment that comes with being a fan in Nashville in “must win games.”
Having said that, the only way to convince me that the Titans aren’t the better team on the field is if they lose against the Patriots.
When I look at both rosters I think Tennessee is overwhelmingly better on offense and recent history tells us that Ryan Tannehill is the quarterback playing the best between the old AFC East rivals.
Former Bill Belichick’s disciples have done a great job in the last few years against their former boss, whether that means vets who worked under him for years or former coaching assistants.
You can expect each guy to take this incredibly seriously and no stone should be left unturned with both coaches loving to be aggressive and try tricky things.
I should say that defensively, you have to give the advantage to the Patriots because of what they have done all year. However, the stats are heavily skewed from a dominant early season performance that covers up the sins of some late season slip ups for the Patriots.
If the Patriots can’t pull out any playoff magic and if the addition of Adoree Jackson finally puts Dean Pees back in his aggressive mindset, then this game should go exactly how the Titans want it.
Offensively, the Titans need to force the Patriots to make a choice on whether they want to defend the run or the pass. Either way, Tennessee is talented enough to take what the defense gives them and then stay aggressive when they need to be.
Titans win 35-21