Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots
Saturday Jan 4, 2020 at 8:15 pm
Opening Line: New England -4 with a total of 44
Projected weather: 41 degrees, cloudy with 70% chance of showers, slight wind out of the N
- Tennessee (9-7 SU, 9-7 ATS) started the season 2-4 but then they benched QB Marcus Mariota in favor of former Miami Dolphin Ryan Tannehill and finished the season winning 7 of their last 10 games. Tannehill led the NFL with a passer rating of 117.5 and he threw 22 touchdown passes with only 6 interceptions. Rookie WR A.J. Brown was a 1,000-yard receiver, caught 8 touchdown passes and ranked second in the NFL averaging 20.2 yards per catch. The Titans led the NFL with nine TD passes of 50 or more yards and Brown had four of those.
- RB Derrick Henry led the NFL with 1,540 yards rushing. He was the AFC Offensive Player of the Week last week after running for 211 yards and scoring three touchdowns bringing his season total to eighteen.
- The Titans hope that the return of CB Adoree Jackson, who has missed the last four games with a foot injury, will shore up their secondary which ranks 24th against the pass allowing 255.0 yards per game. Jackson will start alongside former Patriot CB Logan Ryan.
- New England (12-4 SU, 9-7 ATS) is relegated to playing in a Wild Card game for the first time since 2009 after inexplicably losing last week at home to the 17-point underdog Miami Dolphins.
- Tom Brady has six Super Bowl rings and four Super Bowl MVP awards but the Patriot offense has struggled all season with subpar performances by their wide receivers and running backs. The sole exception being the reigning Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman who had 100 catches for 1,117 yards. RB Sony Michel has run for only one touchdown in his last nine games.
- The Patriots got off to an 8-0 start with their defense leading the NFL in points allowed per game with 14.1. However, they allowed 23 points or more in four of their final eight games and they lost every one of those four games.