The New England Patriots cliched the home field advantage with first round bye and this is why the Tennessee Titans will visit the New England on Saturday, January 13th at 8:15 PM ET.
The Titans won a close away game during the Wildcard playoff games against the Chiefs when the odds were stacked against them. Now they travel to Foxborough Stadium which is another one of the hardest stadiums to win a game in. And they play a Patriot team that has been so good for so long that they will find their place in the history books one day. Brady and the crew do not like to lose games and they may not remember how. However, the Titans started the playoffs with good momentum and proved to the Chiefs that they were a team to take seriously.
The Matchup: Patriots vs. Titans
Overall, the odds are stacked heavily against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans just barely finished regular season play with a 9-7 record and almost didn’t earn a spot in the playoffs.
The 13-3 New England Patriots have had a very good season. Just about every aspect of their team sits in the top of the league. The only area they don’t qualify as excellent is their rushing game but their near perfect passing team makes up for it.
Patriots vs Titans : Where to watch, listen and stream
Tennessee Titans vs New England Patriots
Time & Date: Sat, Jan 13, 8:15 PM ET
Live TV Stream: CBS
Online: NFL Game Pass
When comparing the two teams, the Patriots are better than the Titans in just about every category. The Titans have a much better running game and are ranked #3 in the league versus the Patriots #23. However, the Titans rushing game will have to go up against the super tough Patriots rush defense. The Las Vegas line and most experts predict that the Patriots will win by at least two touchdowns.
Patriots Chance of Winning
The Patriots have proved through the years that they like to win and nothing has changed this season. As stated before, the Patriots team is near perfect all the way around. Their main strength on offense is their ability to quickly adapt to any defense. Many expect that QB Tom Brady will pick apart the Titan defense and dominate.
The Patriots’ defense absolutely improved as the season went on, allowing just 14.6 points per game in the second half of the season. Plus, if there’s a team out there that can exploit that New England weakness, it’s certainly not the Titans.
The Patriots visited Pittsburgh in Week 15 and won 27-24; the Titans visited Pittsburgh in Week 11 and lost 40-17.
Titans Chance of Winning, Can the Titans pull off another major upset on the road?
To be put simply, slim to none. The team can look great at times but they have struggled in many aspects of the game all season long. Their passing game and their ability to score touchdowns are ranked low in the league. However, if their defense can get them good field position and get them into the red zone, they may have a chance to shine. During the 2018 season, the Titans were ranked #1 in red zone performance.
Prediction: The Titans also lost to the Texans 57-14 (not a typo) one week after the Patriots beat the Texans 36-33. I think the Pats will beat the Titans by 41-20.