Tom Brady's a Legend, But New England is 'Garrapolonoid'

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Some were small (Tyrod Taylor), some were big (Ben Roethlisberger), some were Supermen (Cam Newton) and some were Saints (Drew Brees).

The co-headliners of the Patriots' unprecedented offseason shopping spree will experience postseason football for the first time Saturday night as New England hosts the Tennessee Titans in a divisional-round matchup at Gillette Stadium. He is also a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. The last two came in December when Miami's Kenyan Drake and Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell joined Kansas City's Kareem Hunt and Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon as players to eclipse the century mark against the Patriots. Sometimes they get it, sometimes they don't. He ran to the right just twice for 18 yards.

"I know we're excited".

Roethlisberger is terrific at keeping his options open, and so is Brees. After all, he was a member of the Patriots for a few years before becoming a Titan.

Jones played 439 snaps with the New England defense in 2017 41 percent of the time.

"They're good. They're good at all levels". It was a Saturday night game.

Saturday night's victor will advance to the AFC championship contest on January 21, when it will play the victor of Sunday's Jacksonville Jaguars-Pittsburgh Steelers game for a spot in Super Bowl LII. 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. What Marcus Mariota did at OR was special. He doesn't throw with great accuracy, and he won't blow you away with passing yardage, but he will fight and scrap.

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As Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald pointed out, the Patriots had flawless attendance at practice today for the first time since September 29. And it caught the attention of the Patriots. Murray might play this week, but Henry's is clearly featured back now. Kelce had four catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in the first half. The Titans have the youngest in 24-yearold Marcus Mariota. It's when he's on the move, with a multitude of threats to potentially exploit, when he is at his most deadly. Sure, if things get out of hand, Josh McDaniels should dial up the run to keep Brady healthy, but don't over complicate things if you're the Patriots.

McCourty further explained that Mariota's flexibility will test the Patriots' defensive discipline.

"To me, it's just like prepping for another regular season game, but I know it's not", Wise said, acknowledging the differences between the regular and postseasons. "We show up to work and try to do the best we can".

Derrick Henry will start for the Titans for the third consecutive week.

They'll need their defense to somehow slow Brady (good luck with that). "He's been the best for quite some time", Mariota said. Who knows? I might be totally wrong. Both played college football in Alabama - Bates at Auburn and Trawick at Troy - and they joined Tennessee from the Oakland Raiders.

Lessons from Ryan and LeBeau along with his own talent are why the Titans believe Jackson and company will be ready for the moment.

Mike Freeman covers the National Football League for Bleacher Report.

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