It's a big ask for a Tennessee team without much play-off or big-game experience, but they can play with freedom with nobody expecting them to get a result.
Phillip Dorsett #13 and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrate after a rushing touchdown by Dion Lewis #33 (not pictured) during the first quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. New England's week off was spent dealing with a piece written by ESPN's Seth Wickersham, basically saying that there is a monster power struggle between Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as they decide who should get the most credit for this current dynasty. Brady ended his season throwing five touchdowns and three interceptions over the final three games while his passer rating never exceeded 95.
When Howard covered Cooks, Brady was shockingly inept - 0-for-6.
In a joint statement last week, all three men brushed aside any insinuation of strife at the top of one of the NFL's jewel franchises. "It doesn't really matter what happened outside of this facility and what we're trying to accomplish".
For the first time since September, the Patriots had all their players in Thursday's practice. It opened the week as a 13-point underdog, and prior to last week hadn't won a playoff game since the 2003 season. For Super Bowl LII, the Patriots are +162 to repeat and the Titans +3300 long shots.
"I've said this many times; it's hard to see him go to another level of intensity because he's always intense", Gronkowski said. It was pretty predictable of the Saints to win over the Carolina Panthers but now the NFC playoffs should be interesting from here on.
"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. "I would say that's disappointing to hear that someone would express that, or a writer would express that, because it's so far from what my beliefs are about my teammates".
"Again, I think it's going to be about how we play and not necessarily where we're playing", he added. For the Titans, hopefully he can be the player they hoped he was for one night while helping his fellow secondary teammates to some things to look for when it comes to Tom Brady.
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The contrast in quarterbacks will be stark.
Brady is 40 years old and has 25 playoff wins. "He's one of my idols", said Henry, who has gotten to know George during Heisman commercials and photo shoots over the past two years.
You can't think, 'Oh, we're here.
"At the end of the day, it's not about old guys are going to win or young guys are going to win, the home team, the road team", he said. James Harrison played under Dick LeBeau, the Titans defensive coordinator, who spent more than a decade coaching Harrison and the Steelers.
The Patriots give up some yards on defense - New England is ranked 29th in the National Football League in total defense, allowing 366.0 yards per game. Mariota will definitely have to use his legs in this game to extend drives, but there will also be moments when he'll have to make tough throws. "We show up to work and try to do the best we can do".
Chris Hogan and Kyle Van Noy were removed from the injury report issued after practice, meaning they are good to go for Saturday. Unfortunately, Brady is convinced that he was what it takes to play for another 5 years. And if you're a lover of the original sense of football, field position is monstrous. Now you put everything that you have into this one-game season. The team's really relying on you.
"Yeah, there's going to be wonder", Pederson said.