Leonard Fournette of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates.
"We're a lot hungrier team this year than last year", Morgan said, last Saturday's stunning comeback from 21-3 down at Kansas City on their way to a 22-21 win all the proof he needed to back up that claim.
Prior to 2012, the most recent Titans home game versus the Patriots was the 2006 regular-season finale, with the Titans needing a victory to clinch a playoff berth. The Patriots are heavy favorites, and rightfully so. New England ran away with the AFC East. If they do, this game won't even be close and the Patriots will walk right into the AFC Championship Game once again. He also called Strunk's statement nice and that he had only wanted to talk about the Titans beating a good team in their own backyard after the game.
The Titans were a great story last weekend as the biggest dogs to win straight up during the Wild Card Round.
When looking at a bad offense that relies heavily on the run game to score their points, it is no wonder why this would be such a favorable matchup for New England.
Defensive philosophy: Fundamentally sound and a unit whose strong tackling often shows up as more of a factor as the year progresses, the Patriots often give up yards but find a way to stiffen when opponents enter the red zone.
The biggest remaining question with Henry revolves around the passing game, the main element that kept him from gaining a feature back role earlier.
Jake Locker records his first National Football League start and completes 23 of 32 passes for 229 yards, one touchdown and one interception. To put that number into perspective, only four other players on the Titans' defense have an interception, and it's only one each.
The last time the Titans traveled to New England in the regular season was December 20th, 2015. Regardless of outside noise, the Patriots will be focused heading into a home showdown with the Titans as they try to make it back to yet another Super Bowl. That though seems unlikely considering the Titans top sack man is Derrick Morgan with 7.5 sacks and they aren't great against the pass. Henry carried the ball 23 times for 156 yards and a touchdown; Marcus Mariota added another 46 yards on eight carries.
You may have forgotten, as basically all the talk around New England has been surrounding the either very real or much exaggerated drama between Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. If Belichick is leaving, it's because he wants out but also because Kraft is going to extract some insane amount of value in exchange for the Patriots coach.
The end of the game proved dramatic, as the Titans drove downfield in a desperate effort to at least kick a field goal and possibly force overtime. Long before the Titans took the field in KC, rumors ran rampant that a Titans loss might cost him his job, despite the team ending its playoff drought.