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New England Patriots links 1/12/18 - Patriots-Titans key matchup: Brady vs. LeBeau

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  • Jeff Howe takes a closer look at key matchups for Saturday: Tom Brady vs. Dick LeBeau.
  • Karen Guregian previews Patriots vs. Titans: Who has the edge at each position?
  • Michael Hurley’s Patriots-Titans preview; What to watch for: Will Brady be Brady?
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Titans key matchups: Who has the razor’s edge?
  • Thomas Murphy (SportsXMedia) Monster keys to Patriots vs. Titans: 1. Win the turnover battle.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) The Titans present an unfamiliar foe for the Patriots in the playoffs: “Titans know that Brady has routinely carved up this style of defense, so look for them to mix in plenty of man coverage this week.”
  • Phil Perry notes Tom Brady says consistency during the playoffs is what makes Bill Belichick “so great”.
  • Mike Reiss states Tom Brady’s GOAT status is clear after a look at his NFL playoff records.
  • Mark Daniels spotlights Tom Brady and how he brings a laser focus into the playoffs.
  • Ron Borges knows Father Time will eventually win the battle over Tom Brady and his ‘warrior spirit’; it’s only a matter of when.
  • Zack Cox writes about Brandin Cooks as an Iron Man for the injury-riddled offense.
  • Mark Daniels explains how James Harrison could play a big part in tomorrow’s AFC Divisional matchup with the Titans.
  • Mike Reiss notes Devin McCourty and Rob Gronkowski said they learned as rookies that a bye and home-field advantage don’t guarantee a playoff win.
  • Matthew Geagan thumbnails nine players not named Tom Brady who will play key roles Saturday night.
  • Adam Magnacca (PatsPropaganda) How the Pats *COULD* lose to the Titans.
  • Kevin Duffy presents three things that must happen for Tennessee to shock New England.
  • Rich Garven brings up how the Patriots have had trouble slamming the brakes against mobile QBs this season and Marcus Mariota will test that weakness.
  • Rich Thompson notes Stephon Gilmore came to the Patriots because he wanted to be a prime-time player in the postseason, and tomorrow he’ll finally make his debut.
  • Nick O’Malley gives us some Pats-Titans anti-analysis: A playoff loss to Brady and Belichick can mess up a team for decades. Just look at the Raiders.
  • Mike Reiss looks at how the Patriots playoff roster is very different from Super Bowl LI.
  • Jeff Howe reports Chris Hogan (shoulder) and Kyle Van Noy (calf) have been removed from the final injury report and will play Saturday. /Yay!
  • Kevin Duffy reports Malcolm Mitchell returned to practice on Thursday.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Theory on why New England defers when winning coin toss.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: The more practice the better for linebacker James Harrison.
  • Adam Kurkjian Titans Notebook: Safety Kevin Byard knows how to pick ’em.
  • Dakota Randall has no use for the Titans beat writer who wrote an article calling the Patriots ‘confirmed cheaters’.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Injury-riddled Pats still crushing tomato cans.
  • Jim Lazar gives us a glimpse of how Tom Brady has ‘changed’ and makes his Divisional Round Picks: Patriots 32-15.



  • Joe Rexrode (Tennessean) Patriots are great, sure, but they’re also confirmed cheaters. /Stay classy Tennessee.
  • Joe Rexrode (Tennessean) Titans need some Dick LeBeau magic to stun Bill Belichick and Pats.
  • Jason Wolf (Tennessean) Titans vs. Patriots keys to victory: Marcus Mariota, Derrick Henry must eat the clock.
  • Report (AP) Titans look to continue playoff run, topple Patriots.
  • Tara Sullivan (Boston Globe) Former Tennessee Titan Kenny Britt finds discipline, structure in New England.
  • John Glennon (TitansOnline) Knocking off the big dog.
  • Jim Wyatt (TitansOnline) Three quick hits from Thursday’s practice.
  • Jim Wyatt (TitansOnline) On a limb? Analyst (Maurice Jones-Drew) predicting Titans win over Patriots.