Patriots WR Chris Hogan cleared to play vs. Titans

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

This weekend, when the New England Patriots host the Tennessee Titans in an American Football Conference divisional round, Tom Brady will start the 35th playoff game of his career.

New England is the -175 favourite to win the AFC title again with Tennessee at +1800. DeMarco Murray is out with a knee injury, so Henry better stay healthy because the Titans' next three leading rushers are a quarterback, cornerback and wide receiver. Defensively, the team made the necessary adjustments to stop the Chiefs especially after Travis Kelce left with an injury.

The Patriots had the NFL's 20th-ranked rush defense during the regular season, allowing a 100-yard rusher four times.

The Patriots have had a week off to prepare.

If the Titans are going to hang in this one and try for an upset they will have to get craft and sneaky. The team's really relying on you.

But a team with nothing to lose is a unsafe one, especially when a first-round bye can often lead to early rust and slow starts. "So somebody got in there and scored a few more points than they did".

The Patriots hit back hard after the article was published, issuing a joint statement from Belichick, Brady and Kraft refuting numerous conclusions reached - among them that Kraft ordered Belichick to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to appease Brady, that Belichick was unhappy about coaching in New England and that Brady's personal trainer had created a divide in the locker room.

Against Jacksonville on December 31, Henry made up for a rough day running by taking a screen 66 yards for a touchdown. The Pats are averaging almost 400 yards per game and 30 points at home. Both times they haven't, they've lost their first road playoff game (in both cases to the Denver Broncos). "He has probably been in 50 playoff games, give or take, but we have a lot of confidence in him that he's going to put us in the right position", Morgan said. Given the Titans' ability to make even average tight ends look like All-Pros at times, it's hard to imagine what atrocities Gronkowski could inflict on this defense if Tom Brady has time to find him.

Tom Brady has a 6-1 career record against the Titans, throwing for 13 TDs and one interception.

"I wouldn't use that word, no", Belichick said. "The docu-series is intimate, in-depth and more personal than anything I've released on my social channels, so I think it will be a great way of extending my reach to people on Facebook Watch". We rarely see this team overconfident and overlooking a weaker opponent. Against the Chiefs last week, Henry had his best game of the season with 156 yards on the ground and one touchdown. Undoubtedly, the best offshore sportsbook players will recall that New England treaded away Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2 rounder. Guys like Eric Decker and Corey Davis need to not only get open but catch the football. Here's hoping the New England players overlook the Titans. Second year running back Derrick Henry is coming off the best game (156 yards) in his short National Football League career in the win at Kansas City.

"He actually knows when to run and when to pass the ball when scrambling", Patriots defensive back Duron Harmon told reporters in trying to explain what separates Mariota from other mobile QBs.

Spygate? The Patriots ran through a ideal regular season before losing in the Super Bowl.

Since Oct. 1, the Patriots have allowed more than 20 points three times. "I'll answer any questions about the Titans but that's it". This contest screams of a game dominated by Rob Gronkowski, who eats up the middle of the field against mediocre linebackers.

Belichick said he wanted nothing to do with reports that were "inaccurate and unattributable", and that he had no desire to respond to random and "baseless comments". New England's pass-catching running backs could prosper too. New England's passing attack has struggled as weapons go in and out of the lineup. Chris Hogan and White combined for 868 yards and eight touchdowns. It's usually a place where those dreams go to die.

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