Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots
Thanksgiving always presents an exciting week for the NFL, and this year it’s no different. The NFL lined up three excellent matchups for us on Thanksgiving Thursday, but possibly the most intriguing game this week comes on the Sunday when the Tennessee Titans travel to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots.
While no team has been able to keep any kind of consistency this season, the Titans have been arguably the most impressive side in the league after rattling off wins against the Bills, Chiefs, Colts, Rams and Saints in consecutive weeks.
However, the good feelings around the Titans have been dramatically dampened over the last couple of weeks. Their talismanic running back, Derrick Henry went down with a season-ending injury in the Colts game and then, their fantastic run of victories came to an end last weekend when they came unstuck against -of all teams- the 1-8 Houston Texans.
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It is also possible that Mike Vrabel’s side will be without their star wide receiver, AJ Brown who suffered a chest injury in last weekend’s loss and didn’t participate in practice on Wednesday.
In contrast, the Patriots are on a five-game winning streak and last week leapfrogged the Buffalo Bills to grab the top spot in their division. Head coach, Bill Belichick has put together another world-beating defence, one that has only allowed one touchdown in the last three games and is coming off a shut-out victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
On the offensive side of the ball, Mac Jones has been far and away the best of the rookie quarterbacks this season, having thrown 14 touchdowns to just eight interceptions and boasting an impressive 70% completion rate.
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The offensive line has also been a big part of the Patriots recent success, establishing itself as one of the best in the league this season. This line is a big reason why the Patriots can claim a top 10 rushing attack this year.
It does look like New England has all the momentum going into this game, however it’s worth remembering that Tennessee still hold the number one seed in the AFC, and their signal caller, Ryan Tannehill has been playing like one of the league’s top quarterbacks this year. This game promises to be an extremely close affair.
Prediction: Tennessee Titans 17-20 New England Patriots