Patriots Fall to Tennessee Before Bye Week
By Garrett Ruggieri 11/12/2018
The New England Patriots will head into the bye week with a sour taste in their mouths after falling to the Tennessee Titans 34-10 on Sunday. Titans head coach Mike Vrabel along with former Patriots players Dion Lewis, Logan Ryan, and Malcom Butler all felt extra motivation to get the win at home, searching for revenge against their former team. They did just that, as Tennessee dominated from start to finish.
The Titans held the lead for the entire game, forcing the Patriots to play from behind. Tom Brady and the offense struggled to finish drives and find the end-zone. Brady finished the game with only 254 and zero touchdowns. With the absence of Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon became Brady’s favorite targets, accumulating 104 and 81 yards, respectively. The story of this game however, was the Titans defense and the inability for the Patriots defense to slow down Marcus Mariota. Brady was sacked three times, and the Titans stout third down defense held the Patriots to a horrid 3-15 conversion rate.
Former first round pick Corey Davis is developing into a true number one receiver on the outside for Tennessee, hauling in seven catches for 125 yards and a score. The Titans controlled the trenches, outrunning the Patriots on the ground, 150 yards to just 40. Mariota was solid throwing for 228 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Patriots will need to go back to the chalkboard during the bye week and fix what went wrong in Tennessee. “We didn’t do much of anything well, head coach Bill Belichick said after the game. Tom Brady agreed, adding that it was “just a bad day for all of us.” After much needed rest the 7-3 Patriots will return to action in Met Life stadium to take on the New York Jets in a divisional matchup on November 25th, at 1 pm.