Patriots and Titans expert picks from FanSided, SI, ESPN, and more

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The New England Patriots are 13.5-point favorites on Saturday night, but do any experts think the Titans can win this game?

The New England Patriots will face the Tennessee Titans on Saturday in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. The media isn’t giving Tennessee a shot to win this game at all, and now all of the experts have revealed their picks.

Here are some of those expert picks from around the web, including those from FanSided, ESPN, and


Fansided’s Matt Verderame: Patriots 38, Titans 20

"“This is going to be a killing. The Patriots (13-3) are well-rested and ready to prove all the doubters wrong after that ESPN piece detailing their likely demise. Tom Brady will be laser-focused, Bill Belichick will be trying to score 75 points, and the defense isn’t going to be challenged by Marcus Mariota and Co.”"

Chowder and Champions’ Logan Jakubajtys: Patriots 37, Titans 3

Chowder and Champions’ Tarringo Basile-Vaughn: Patriots 38, Titans 17

Tenn Truth’s Zach Ragan: Patriots 27, Titans 17

Sports Illustrated

The entire Monday Morning QB staff from Sports Illustrated is selecting the New England Patriots in this Divisional Round matchup. The picks were made by:

Bleacher Report

Chris Simms: Patriots 34, Titans 20

"“I’m going to pick the Patriots, at home, rested and with additional time to game-plan. Even if Tennessee gives New England trouble early, expect things to finish like they did with the Houston Texans in last year’s divisional round.”"


Mike Golic, Seth Wickersham, Trey Wingo, and all other ESPN NFL Insider’s are picking the Patriots in their game against the Tennessee Titans. The team also unanimously selected the Steelers to beat the Jaguars this weekend as well.

Sporting News

Ron Clements: Patriots 31, Titans 10

"“New England is rested and probably annoyed by the widely disputed report of turmoil within the organization. An angry Brady is at his best and the Titans may feel his wrath on Saturday.”"

Elliot Harrison: Patriots 34, Titans 17

"“This matchup brings back memories of the 2003 Divisional Round game in the bitter, bitter cold. And that Titans team is similar to this edition: athletic quarterback (Steve McNair/Marcus Mariota); big, long-striding tailback (Eddie George/Derrick Henry); and even a clutch tight end (Frank Wycheck/Delanie Walker). The problem is that Brady is simply a better player than he was back then. He will riddle the Tennessee secondary if the pass rush can’t get home. Dick LeBeau simply doesn’t have the horses on defense that the Texans had at their disposal in last season’s tighter-than-expected Divisional Round game in New England.”"

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The Bottom Line

So, it seems like no one is giving the Tennessee Titans the time of day against the New England Patriots. The Pats are heavy favorites at home and they should roll all over the Titans in this one. Tom Brady should be able to carve up this defense with ease, and his running backs could have a big day as receivers. The Patriots running backs were second in the NFL this season in receiving yards, and the Titans gave up the most receiving yards to running backs in the league. Defensively, the Patriots really only have to worry about running back Derrick Henry. Marcus Mariota is a good QB, but he does not have enough weapons around him in order to succeed in this type of playoff game on the road.

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The Patriots and Titans will kick off soon, at 8:15 PM tonight for this Divisional Round game. The weather is expected to be dry after rainfall Friday night and Saturday morning, with a temperature around 23 degrees. Winds of 9 MPH will bring the feel down to 13 degrees. It will only get colder as the night goes on, and we all know how great the Patriots are when it’s cold out.