Week one is a changing of the guard in Tennessee, as new QB Jake Locker takes over for the Titans as they play host to last seasons AFC Champs the Patriots and Tom Brady.
It won’t be an easy task for the Titans to slow down Brady, as the Pats added Brandon Lloyd to the mix at WR, and with the two stud TE’s in the fold, it could be another record setting season for Brady.
A year ago, the Patriots finished third in the league in scoring at 32.1 points per game, with Brady throwing for 5,235 yards – second-most in NFL history – and 39 touchdowns.
Locker played well when called up in 2011 for the Titans, and their defense is young, but showed up and played well in the practice games over the course of the last few weeks.
Tennessee gave up the fewest points in the AFC in the preseason (16.8 per game) and led the league with eight interceptions after managing 13 a year ago. They also finished the preseason with 13 sacks compared to 28 last season, second-fewest in the NFL.
If the Titans want to stand any shot, they have to get to Brady, and limit any type of running game the Pats may try to run at the Titans.
Locker needs to be mistake free and avoid giving the Pats short fields with turnovers, and Chris Johnson must go for over 100 yards if Tennessee wants a shot.
I think this will stay close for about a half, but in the end, it will be too much Brady and his band of pass catchers, as the Titans don’t have the firepower to keep up in getting beat by 14.
New England 37 Tennessee 23