Titans vs. Patriots Point Spread: NFL Divisional Playoffs Odds, Prediction

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Quarterback Tom Brady said to be at the heart of a split involving Patriots coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft as well.

"I've been removed for so long", Britt said, via Patriots Wire. "Nothing really should get in the way of that".

Keep in mind: Brady is 6-1 for his career against the Titans, having captured six consecutive victories. "We're hopeful to get that accomplished". Not only did he say that all was fine, but he also stated that it was "absolutely" his intention to return as the head coach of the Patriots for the 2018 regular season. But he showed last week that he's capable of getting hot and carrying the team when it counts, so he needs to be the focus of the defense. "You've just got to keep on continuing that, keep on preparing how we have been and get ready for the big game".

To get it, they'll have to stop a quarterback that has been almost unbeatable in this round of the postseason.

That means they will need Mariota to be better than he was in the regular season, when he threw only 13 touchdown passes to 15 interceptions.

The Titans used the combination of Mariota wreaking havoc with his legs and Henry punishing Kansas City's poor run defense to mount a thrilling comeback last Saturday.

After days spent issuing joint statements and then he and Tom Brady making the rounds doing radio interviews to discredit and deny the contents of the January 5 story from ESPN detailing the supposed "internal power struggle in New England", Belichick declared he and his team were "all in" preparing for the Titans.

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The best way to get pressure on Brady is right up the gut of the offensive line. "I think that's kind of been the mindset through this entire season". Jarell Casey is a name you'll hear Saturday night, a player on that unit that Belichick has called "one of the top players in the league" due to his quickness and strength, among other things.

HEISMAN BROTHERS: Mariota, the 2014 Heisman victor, and Derrick Henry, the 2015 Heisman victor, combined to turn in the best rushing performance in franchise history in the wild-card round.

Defense:Derrick Henry (22) ran all over KC last week for 156 yards and a TD.

Tennessee will be without DeMarco Murray on Saturday night. Derrick Morgan (7.5 sacks) and Brian Orakpo (seven sacks) are their primary sack artists. The Titans gave the home team Patriots a scare. If the Titans hold him at bay in the running game, don't be surprised if Lewis starts burning them with his receiving ability. The rest of the football world will be waiting for the clock to strike midnight and for the playoff version of the Titans to revert to the turnover-prone, low-scoring team we all remember. But Brady is not unbeatable, as Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was quick to point out. So Henry running consistently against the Patriots and keeping Tom Brady and the New England offense off the field will be the key to the game.

The respect between the two is mutual. Everything is going to be easy.' No, it gets harder, it gets tougher, it gets more physical, mentally and physically.

"He's the ultimate professional and he (makes) his teammates better and he demands a lot", Amendola said.