Mariota a challenge for New England's defence

Mariota a challenge for New England's defence

I'm sure everyone will be excited for Saturday night. The last two came in December when Miami's Kenyan Drake and Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell joined Kansas City's Kareem Hunt and Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon as players to eclipse the century mark against the Patriots. At the same time, his third season in the National Football League hasn't come with the decisive progress that some might have projected, as there have been periods of inconsistency.

DeMarco Murray will miss the Tennessee Titans' AFC divisional clash with the New England Patriots on Saturday.

And Belichick made it very clear that coaching against LeBeau is not something he enjoys. "I love it", said Lance Stephenson, the Pacers' showman and one of six holdovers. Wise played in bowl games each of his final three years at the University of Arkansas, but this will be his first true win-or-go-home endeavor. He's been doing this in college, and now everyone just starting to see it because it's prime-time, and we're in the playoffs. Belichick said the foundation of LeBeau's defense has remained the same over the years, modified for the players he has and the teams he's facing. Not only did he say that all was fine, but he also stated that it was "absolutely" his intention to return as the head coach of the Patriots for the 2018 regular season.

Wise has had a solid rookie season for New England, registering 5.0 sacks - third on the team behind Trey Flowers and Kyle Van Noy. I don't think that the story trickles down to the rest of the team, but it's at least a factor. Techniques and adjustments and schematics and so forth.

Told that Belichick said he learned a lot from him, LeBeau said he was humbled. "That's quite a compliment". Moving Chung down to linebacker has allowed back up safety Duron Harmon to get on the field for 702 snaps this season, roughly two-thirds of New England's snaps.

"But the trailer just came out", the reporter said. We may see a rusty Patriots team to start, but don't expect Bill Belichick to let the off-the-field distractions from this week carry over.

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The Titans defense did yeoman's work (especially after the Chiefs lost tight end Travis Kelce) and will no doubt have to again with a much bigger challenge ahead in Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots' offense.

The Titans trust that LeBeau, who turned 80 the day before this season opened in September, will put them where they need to be.

A three-game December losing streak can spark dissention on an underachieving team, and that's where the Titans found themselves going into that season-finale against Jacksonville.

Former Titans general manager Floyd Reese, now a radio show host on 102.5 The Game, sees a quality in Mariota that he also saw in the last guy to guide Tennessee to a playoff victory - Steve McNair.

"I mean, I don't care about it and I think a lot of guys don't really care about what goes on outside and who writes what and if we suck, if we're great - it doesn't matter", said McCourty.