Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray has been ruled out for this weekend's AFC divisional round game versus the New England Patriots, ESPN reported on Wednesday. Gronkowski led all tight ends with 1,084 receiving yards in 2017, and it was the fourth 1,000-yard season of his career. If the right things go the Titans' way, they could make the AFC Championship Game for the first time in 15 years. And are these Titans capable of pulling off a memorable upset? Tom Brady has had another spectacular year at the helm for Bill Belichick.
However, it's not just mobile quarterbacks who have posed problems for the Patriots when it comes to scrambling.
"You know what, I'll be honest with you, I don't know anything about it", Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey said on a conference call with the New England media, regarding the controversy.
"I mean, it's not like if he stays in the pocket he can't make throws, but when he escapes outside the pocket and he has the ability to run and throw, you honestly really don't have a shot to stop him", Patriots safety Devin McCourty said. Belichick simply won't allow any outside stimuli to affect his team.
"We've played quarterbacks like this where we do want to try to keep him in the pocket, but I think that's just the beginning part of it", McCourty added.
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Considering that the Rams were averaging close to 30 points per game during the regular season , this is a pretty impressive feat. The most logical explanation for the Falcons' performance was the difference in experience between the two squads.
With Tennessee so strong in coming from behind to win their wild card game 22-21 at the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend, the controversy is hardly the sort of preparation the Patriots needed.
Mariota, chosen with the second pick in the first round held by the Titans in the 2015 NFL Draft, moves on to the Divisional Round, matching him against 18-year veteran Tom Brady, 40, and the Patriots Saturday night. The following week he would rip the Kansas City Chiefs for 156 yards and a touchdown on 23 totes. They've had a good year and they've got a good team, so we're going to have to be at our best.
"We do what we always do". He has 13 passing touchdowns and one interception in those games - his best touchdown to interception ratio against any opponent in his career. Mariota also caught his own pass for a touchdown.
But Mariota was also sixth in the NFL (Brady was first) in third-down passer rating. With starting running back DeMarco Murray out with an injury, Henry played almost every snap and rushed for 156 yards and a TD on 23 carries and caught two balls for 35 yards.
"He's such a great person, very humble guy that accomplished so much but he's very modest about it", Belichick said.
"It's a playoff game, so it's not like it's the preseason where I can go out there, "Oh, it's Brady, ' and I'm chillin", Byard said Tuesday. "I treat it like a normal game, just probably amp it up a little bit". Only Joe Montana had a longer string with eight. I know the fans will be into it. That's what we're getting paid for, so to be a professional is to put everything aside and go out there and do the best you can for the team and try and help us win. Brady reiterated on Thursday that his mind remains on the field. "I'm not really looking at it like that".