Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

DeMarco Murray at least has a (slim) chance to face Patriots

DeMarco Murray at least has a (slim) chance to face Patriots

The upcoming one might not be - especially in the AFC.

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.

But the playoffs are made for weird happenings. This is not to mention how much he was hurried and knocked down in these games. Only the Philadelphia Eagles and the Los Angeles Rams (nine) had more such games. That's against Nick Foles, which is why the Falcons are favored.

The Falcons are favored in this game, which speaks volumes about the perception of Foles. They're only two wins away from the big game.

The Patriots need to limit sacks against the Titans. Brady was just 12-for-30 targeting him in the final four games, and for the year, when targeting him on third down, Brady was just 7-for-26. His age makes him a marvel, but also a target for dissection. The Eagles were first in rushing defense, sixth in yards per rush.

DeMarco Murray already has been declared out for a third straight game for Tennessee, leaving the backfield to Henry.

A win over Tennessee would've earned the Chiefs a return trip to Foxborough, Mass., to face the Patriots.

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We still managed to have the NFL's best record at 15-1 before we were beaten in a heartbreaking, overtime NFC title game, and that loss had nothing to do with off-field happenings.

Derrick Henry isn't a big or brash talker. The Titans and Patriots will be equally motivated to play a great game...and that's exactly what I think we will see on Saturday. With all the talk of discourse inside the Patriots, this will be their chance to show none of it matters. Here are three keys to the game for the Patriots. This time around, they can't expect that to happen again. The best they've ever gotten has been a series of repetitive answers that begin with, "We're on to (insert next opponent's name here)". But the Steelers seemed to get it together on offense down the stretch, even if Antonio Brown's health bears watching here.

The Jacksonville offense was very bad against the Bills. They have a great football team. He looked lost in the moment.

"A lot of times when things go south they go south fast and never recover", Reid said. If they think they will line up and win with their running game, they are nuts. Jacksonville can't count on the defense to have another day like it did in October. "It's good for our team". They're really good in that area.

This is a rematch of Week 1 game between the teams, which the Vikings won 29-19. He certainly isn't built like a running back. The rookie found himself thrust into the starting role after incumbent back Spencer Ware went down for the season with a knee injury in the preseason.

Case Keenum has done a nice job as the starter, but this will be his first playoff start. Brady was highly motivated to stick it to the National Football League by winning his record (for a quarterback) fifth Super Bowl, and he accomplished it in MVP-style with a record comeback to beat Atlanta. Drew Brees got going in the victory over Carolina.

"I've gotten that question many times throughout my career and I've said this many times - it's hard to see him go to another level of intensity because he's always intense, he's always preparing hard", Gronkowski said.

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