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Patriots Overcome Injuries (Again) and Defeat Titans with Final Score of 33-16

The New England Patriots navigated a lackluster second half to defeat the Tennessee Titans 33-16.

The Patriots flew out to a 24-3 first half lead, but only managed 9 points over the second half. The Titans won the second half with 13 points, thanks to a major 57-yard touchdown pass to tight end Delanie Walker.

Wide receiver Danny Amendola (knee), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (knee), and safety Patrick Chung (hip) all left with injuries.

For all of the positives in the first half, whether it was great rushing by the recently promoted Joey Iosefa or the veteran Brandon Bolden, or big plays by Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell, the second half was the complete opposite. Quarterback Tom Brady struggled to complete passes to anyone other than running back James White, although the offensive line held up pretty well for most of the day.

The Patriots defense was electric in the first half, but came out of halftime completely flat. No one was wrapping up their tackles and the Titans were playing with more energy. Cornerback Logan Ryan had possibly his worst outing, as wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham collected 6 receptions for 113 yards.

It seemed like halftime was actually when the Patriots let their foot off the gas, when head coach Bill Belichick described the first half as "unusual" due to myriad mistakes by the Titans that led to easy Patriots scores. The Patriots played down to the level of their competition in the second half.

New England left with a major win, but with plenty of plays that went poorly enough for Belichick to yell at the team for the next week. The Patriots travel to New York to face the Jets next week.