"Marcus (Mariota) watches more film than anybody in the building".
The running backs have also battled injury, and it is unclear heading into this weekend how the snaps will be divided. Defensively, the team made the necessary adjustments to stop the Chiefs especially after Travis Kelce left with an injury.
The Patriots have had a week off to prepare.
They'll need a huge rushing day from the physical force that is running back Derrick Henry.
"I've played against his defense a number of times, and they're always well-coached", Amendola said.
Brady is a health obsessive and it is his determination to keep in good shape via the TB12 diet (sample quote: "I don't really drink tea, but I might drink a cup of bone broth") which has caused its own issues as Belichick saw his power over the Patriots locker room challenged by the increasing influence of Brady's trainer, Alex Guerrero, in the team's facility. After missing four straight games, he returned to action in a December 11 loss to the Miami Dolphins, but struggled as both a pass catcher (one reception on five targets) and blocker. PATRIOTS: QUESTIONABLE: DT Alan Branch (knee), RB Rex Burkhead (knee), LB Marquis Flowers (illness), RB Mike Gillislee (knee), DE Eric Lee (ankle, finger), RB James White (ankle). The time off figures to be helpful for them to get back into the lineup and game plan. "We haven't been a very successful team in the last 10 years". In that one, Tennessee had three turnovers but was outgained by only 54 yards.
All of that supposed unrest of egos behind closed doors has affected the Patriots so much that they enter Saturday having won 11 of their past 12 games after a sluggish 2-2 start to the regular season, and they won the AFC East for the 14th time in the past 15 years - by as many lengths as Secretariat used to win by. The Pats are averaging almost 400 yards per game and 30 points at home. Here are five bold predictions for what should be a lopsided victory by New England Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
"When he's on the field, there's no better tight end in the National Football League, and I think everyone knows that", said Patriots safety, a fellow captain. This will actually be Tennessee's sixth contest over the last nine that has not been at home. Fans were banking on the team's championship pedigree as one of the reasons they are so heavily favored over the Titans.
Anybody who thinks an alleged Bill Belichick-Tom Brady-Robert Kraft feud will distract the Patriots and impact their playoff chances should consider this: During a conference call with Tennessee reporters, Belichick, when asked about the Titans, gave an incredibly detailed answer in which he talked about half the roster by name, including six special teams players.
"We did beat them the first time, so to have all the confidence coming out of there is interesting", Jaguars DT Malik Jackson says.
We'll see if Mariota the football player can put that scare into the unbeatable Patriots. Led team with career-high 744 rush yards. This line is continuing to climb but with Tennessee's offense being so far behind New England's and this one being in Foxboro the two-touchdown line seems appropriate. They ranked 20th in rushing yards allowed and 30th in average per rush allowed. A frustrated one for much of the season, as his opportunities have been limited. New England's passing attack has struggled as weapons go in and out of the lineup. And question marks over several Pats receivers, plus Belichick's habit of going with the most unexpected option, make him a sneaky play to return with a bang. "We're two days from the biggest game of the year". "You just can't come back right away and think you're going to be out full speed".