The Patriots are in Nashville taking over the Titans in pursuit of their seventh straight win. Refresh this web page for the most recent from Nissan Stadium.
Titans 14, Patriots 3 (5:58): Marcus Mariota hit Corey Davis for a 23-yard landing.
Titans 7, Patriots 3 (9:19): Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 52-yard area objective via the uprights to place the Patriots on the board. Tom Brady and the New England offense began the drive on their very own 25-yard line. On third and 13, Brady beat the Titans secondary excessive for a 44-yard acquire to Josh Gordon.
Brady appeared for Gordon on the subsequent three performs, however the wideout dropped the primary, was stopped for no-gain on the second, and couldn’t reel within the third to convey out the kicking unit.
Titans 7, Patriots 0 (11:29): Jonnu Smith escaped from Patrick Chung, discovered house within the nook of the tip zone, and caught a 4-yard landing move from Marcus Mariota on the primary drive of the afternoon. Tennessee began with glorious area place — the New England 40-yard line — after a 58-yard return by Darius Jennings. On the primary play from scrimmage, Mariota fired over the center to Corey Davis for a 24-yard acquire that put the Titans within the pink zone. Three performs later, Davis had an opportunity for a landing, however Mariota’s move into the again of the tip zone was too excessive. Smith completed the drive with seven factors two performs later.
Patriots 0, Titans 0 (14:49): Darius Jennings broke off a 58-yard return on the opening kickoff, organising Tennessee with nice area possession to open the sport.
The Patriots referred to as heads and the coin got here up heads. They deferred to the second half. The Titans will open on offense.
Pregame scenes and notes
■ Tight finish Rob Gronkowski traveled with the workforce to Nashville, however is inactive. He had been a restricted participant at observe all week, hampered by a nagging again damage and an ankle damage. He stated Friday that this season has been “tougher” for him.
■ Also inactive for the Patriots are working again Kenjon Barner, guard Shaq Mason, defensive finish Derek Rivers, security Obi Melifonwu, cornerback Keion Crossen, and sort out Matt Tobin.
■ Running again Sony Michel, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, left sort out Trent Brown, and tight finish Jacob Hollister are all lively.
■ Ted Karras is prone to get the beginning instead of Mason for the second straight week.
■ For the Titans, defensive lineman Matt Dickerson, offensive lineman Jack Conklin, receiver Taywon Taylor, offensive lineman Aaron Stinnie, fullback Jalston Fowler, security Dane Cruikshank, and linebacker Derrick Morgan are inactive.
Keys to victory
1. Corners Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler have loads of expertise going through Tom Brady. Do they recall any delicate Brady tells that can support them of their protection?
2. Defensive sort out Jurrell Casey is a mover and a shaker. He can transfer blockers with ease and shake ball carriers to their core. He must be a pressure.
3. The backfield tandem of Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry must kick it into excessive gear to get this recreation on cruise management. Let Lewis strike early and Henry grind the gears late.
1. The move rush was near-perfect towards Aaron Rodgers. A replica effort is required towards Marcus Mariota. Keep him contained or he’ll convey the ache.
2. Keep the bottom recreation churning regardless of who’s lining up behind Mr. Smash Mouth himself, James Develin. Keep the assault balanced to maintain the Titans off-balance.
3. Tennessee’s receivers are banged up. Get bodily with them, sluggish them, and then snag an interception or two. The Patriots have a takeaway in each recreation this season.
— Jim McBride
■ Chad Finn’s Unconventional Preview: The Titans are an opponent worthy of respect, and they’ll show it even in defeat. (Read extra)
■ The Patriots’ offense is famously tough to study for receivers, which makes what Josh Gordon is doing much more spectacular. (Read extra)
■ For the Patriots’ protection, weekly benchmarks have been the measure of enchancment. (Read extra)
■ Patriots-Titans scouting report: Who has the sting in each section of the sport, gamers to look at, and extra. (Read extra)
■ Playing with Patriots is a dream come true for security Obi Melifonwu. The Mass. native and former UConn standout, launched by the Raiders earlier this season, will get to start out over in Foxborough. (Read extra)
■ Malcolm Butler leads the NFL in just a few classes . . . and that’s not a very good factor. (Read extra)
■ Christopher L. Gasper: Bill Belichick’s choice on Malcolm Butler seems prescient now. (Read extra)
Brady vs. Logan and Butler
Tom Brady is anticipating sturdy competitors from two cornerbacks he is aware of nicely, Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler, each of whom left the Patriots during the last two years to affix the Titans in free company.
“They’ve gone on to have some actually nice contracts and I’m blissful for them. They actually earned it. I believe whenever you’re an ideal participant, you get the chance to try this. I do know we will’t hold everyone however clearly blissful for them and what they’ve achieved,” Brady stated.
“They had been vastly impactful in what we had been making an attempt to do within the roles that they performed. Logan was an ideal participant, nonetheless is — unimaginable consciousness and simply such a wise participant. And Malcolm, I’ve all the time beloved enjoying towards him and in observe, it was very aggressive. He’s a really aggressive particular person. He desires to attempt to win each play and hopefully we will have a very good plan towards that whole protection.”
Brady went on to say Butler and Ryan as members of the NFL’s No. 1 pink zone protection and prime scoring protection, each frequent speaking factors in Foxborough this week. While the Titans have allowed the fewest factors and have the highest-rated pink zone protection, context is important to tell how profitable they really have been.
The Titans protection has been on the sector for 83 opponent drives this season. That’s comparatively few, which retains scoring totals down. The Patriots protection, as an illustration, has seen 107 drives.
Tennessee has nonetheless been disciplined and profitable defensively, however take their standing with a grain of salt.
— Nora Princiotti
Owen Pence contributed to this report.