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NFL playoffs preview: Tennessee vs. New England

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Tennessee Titans face the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round game on Saturday night. The game will kick off at 8:15 pm on CBS from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

The Titans come into this game with a 10-7 record. The Patriots have a 13-3 record after having a bye last weekend in the first-round of the playoffs.

New England Patriots offense (Getty Images)

New England Patriots offense (Getty Images)

According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Patriots have a 55% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, has a 60% chance to win this game.

New England has won the past six games in this series. Tennessee has not won in this series since December 16th, 2002 when they won 24-7.

The Patriots have on eighth of the last ten meetings. The other Titans win came on October 17th, 1993 when they won 28-14.

This will be Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota’s second career playoff start in this game. According to NFL Research, quarterbacks making their first or second career playoff start since 2001 are 0-7 against New England.

The Titans will be without running back Derrick Henry in this game due to an injury. The Patriots will also be without defensive end Alan Branch, running backs Rex Burkhead and James White, and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell.

The Patriots last won a playoff game since February 5th, 2017 when they won 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons. New England has not lost a playoff game since they lost 20-18 to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Conference Championship game on January 24th, 2016.

The Titans last playoff win came in the aforementioned win over the Chiefs last weekend. They have not lost a playoff game since January 10th, 2009 when they lost 13-10 to the Baltimore Ravens.

Tennessee has won their last two games. They have not lost a regular-season game since Christmas Eve when they lost 27-23 to the Los Angeles Rams.

New England has won their last three games. The Patriots have not lost a game since December 11th, 2017 when they lost 27-20 to the Miami Dolphins.

Tennessee is averaging 20.9 points per game. New England is averaging 28.6 points per game.

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota gas gone 281 of 453 for 3,232 passing yards. He has 13 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Henry leads the running backs with 176 carries for 744 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Delanie Walker leads the receivers with 74 receptions for 807 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has gone 385 of 581 for 4,577 passing yards. He has 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Dion Lewis leads the running backs with 896 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski leads the receivers for 69 receptions for 1,084 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.

Prediction: Patriots 35, Titans 21

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