What the Titans face in Patriots' diverse, matchup-based scheme

Championship Weekend broadcast info

Championship Weekend broadcast info

Titans running back DeMarco Murray will not play against the Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game on Saturday, as he'll miss his third straight game with a knee sprain.

Strunk credited Mularkey and Robinson with changing the culture of the organization and said she's so happy they've been able to win 19 games over the past two seasons, including the first playoff victory since January 3, 2004.

We said after he suffered a third-degree tear in his right MCL that he would not play even if the Titans made the wild card round. They are a remarkable 9-0, dating back to the infamous "Tuck Rule" game, when New England beat Jon Gruden's Oakland Raiders 16-13 in a blizzard. The good news for Mike Mularkey's team is that New England's run defense was not particularly strong during the regular season, finishing 20th in rushing yards against (114.8) and 30th in opposing yards per carry (4.7). "It just shows how tough they are, how fundamental they are and that they're ready to bring it in the clutch times". Pressuring Brady and winning one-on-ones on the outside will be pivotal if the Titans defense is going to have success against the New England offense and get them off the field. However, the Titans do have a path to beating the Patriots if they can get pressure on Brady with four or five rushers and make him feel the rush, as well as pair that with a solid man-to-man coverage. Even though the Titans won last week, they are still not as much of a threat to New England as the Chiefs would have been.

Sunday's divisional games see the Jacksonville Jaguars visit the Pittsburgh Steelers. Of course, that's not to say that Mike Mularkey's team doesn't have a chance against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. "For a young guy like me, that's what you aspire to be".

That came after he called Tennessee "an impressive football team" and shortly before declaring, "We know we need to have our best game Saturday night".

One thing, besides championships, the Patriots have become known for is blocking out distractions.

"No", Mularkey said. "I haven't had any support to say that I was (secure). No". "The reputation that Coach tries to get us to have is just ignore the noise - ignore the noise from the outside and I feel like that's what myself and a lot of other players have been doing. You just have to win one game".

In the meantime, the Tennessee Titans are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2008 when Kerry Collins was their quarterback.

Ball and the younger Wolf could potentially head elsewhere having been passed over for the job. Under creative coordinator Josh McDaniels, the Patriots will test a defense with a variety of personnel groupings, looking to exploit specific matchups. It's an injury that can take from two to six weeks to heal.

Mariota, 24, spoke highly of Brady earlier this week.

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