The NFL regular season is over, and it’s time for the playoffs to begin. The New England Patriots will be in a Wild Card Round playoff game for the first time in a decade, and they will host the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee had to wait until the final week of the regular season to clinch a playoff spot, but they should have plenty of momentum. Expect some terrific defense in this game in what could be bad weather conditions.
The New England Patriots won the AFC East for the 11th straight year this season, but it wasn’t easy. New England finished the season with a record of 12-4, but a disappointing week 17 loss to the Miami Dolphins has dropped them to the three seed. Tennessee finished the season with a record of 9-7 to finish in second place in the AFC South. The Titans were 2-4 at one point this season, but they were able to string together a bunch of wins. New England is a -5.0 point favorite over Tennessee in this AFC Playoff game.
Patriots Need Their Defense to Return
The New England Patriots gave up less than 14 points per game this season, but you wouldn’t know it if you watched week 17. New England gave up 27 points to a bad Miami Dolphins team, and they need to regroup in a hurry. The Patriots do have over 50 sacks as a team this season, and getting pressure on Ryan Tannehill could be a key in this game. New England was terrific against the run this season, and that could be a huge factor as well.
Quarterback Tom Brady struggled with accuracy this season, and he was also sacked a ton. Brady completed just over 62 percent of his passes in 2019, and was sacked close to 30 times. Running back Sony Michel will be featured a lot in this game, and he nearly had 1,000 rushing yards this season. The Patriots will need to score to help their defense in this one.
Henry Powering Suddenly Explosive Titans Offense
Running back Derrick Henry won the rushing title in the NFL this season, and he capped it off with a terrific game in week 17. Henry ran for 211 yards in the season finale, and he is a big reason why the Tennessee Titans are in the playoffs. The Titans have also been much better since Ryan Tannehill took over the quarterback job, and Tennessee can score points in a hurry.
The Titans have had a stout defense in 2019 as well, but they are going to have to find a way to get some pressure on Tom Brady. Tennessee entered week 17 with 39 total sacks, and they won’t be afraid to blitz early and often in this game. If the Titans get enough stops to give their offense a chance, then they just might pull off the upset.
Brady, Belichick Just Don’t Lose at Home
The New England Patriots are still the Super Bowl champions until someone knocks them off, and head coach Bill Belichick is a legend. Belichick is doing to devise a game plan to slow down Derrick Henry, and the Patriots defense will show up. Quarterback Tom Brady might have had a disappointing regular season, but you can expect him to show up in the playoffs. The Tennessee Titans have had a terrific season, and they can really score, but this is a tough challenge. The Titans are going to battle all game long, but they are going to come up a little short. Bet the New England Patriots -5.0 over the Tennessee Titans in this AFC Wild Card Round Playoff game.
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