The Titans will travel to New England to play in the Patriots final home game of the 2015 season.
The Titans are not having the best season, sitting at a 10-3 record while the Patriots are 11-2. The Pats just wrapped up the AFC East division and a playoff berth, but still have much to play for, like a first-round overall bye.
Here are the three matchups to keep an eye on during the game, especially if the Pats want to maintain their hold on the number one overall seed.
1. WR Dorial Green-Beckham Vs FS Duron Harmon
How the Patriots secondary will play without their captain Devin McCourty is a huge key in the game. Duron Harmon is expected to step in for the injured McCourty. McCourty hasn’t exactly been ruled out, but with a sprained ankle and reports saying he will be back for the postseason, I wouldn’t count on him playing the Titans. Harmon taking over will be the biggest key on defense and how he plays. He will have to help I guess with Logan Ryan covering the 6-5 Green-Beckham. Beckham and Mariota are starting to gain some chemistry with Beckham catching 3 passes for 53 yards against the Jets and catching five for 119 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars two weeks ago. The Patriots can’t let the deep ball beat them or the biggest guy on the field, so safety play along with Ryan’s play will be crucial.
2. TE Delaine Walker Vs SS Patrick Chung
What a big, huge matchup! Walker and Chung match up speed and height wise, but Walker is a very good and underrated tight end. He’s without a doubt Mariota’s favorite target. He was targeted 13 times against the Jets, catching 7 passes for 71 yards. Chung will draw this matchup and I like Chung in this one, but he has to come through again and win because completely stopping the Titans offense depends on Chung stopping Walker.
3. LB Brian Orakpo Vs OL Sebastian Vollmer
Orakpo is a very good pass rusher and linebacker. He has 7 sacks on the season along with 40 tackles, 1 FF, 1 KB, and 4 passes defended. The Patriots line play has been shaky, especially against the blitz, so Orakpo could go crazy in this game and if he does, another slow scoring game for the offense. Vollmer may draw Orakpo from time to time, but also the guards like Cannon or Mason or even center Stork. They all have to be ready for him and handle him. Brady needs time to be more effective.