A Quick Look at the New England Patriots

Jim Wyatt

Nashville- The Titans will face the New England Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Here’s an overview of the Patriots:

record: 7-4.

Agree / disagree points: 27.3 / 16.1.

NFL ranking

Offense: 17th overall, 351.8 ypg (14th rush, 17th pass).

defense: 3rd place overall, 313.2 ypg (8th rush, 6th pass).

team leader

Head coach: Bill Belichick.


QB: Mac Jones (245-of-349, 2,540 yards, 14 TD, 8 INT, 94.7.

Top RB: Damien Harris (143 rush, 603 yards, 7 TD).

Top WR: Jakobi Meyers (54 catches, 522 yards, 1 TD), Kendrick Bourne (37 catches, 562 yards, 3 TDs), Nelson Agroll (29 catches, 396 yards, 3 TDs).

Top TE: Hunter Henry (33 catches, 378 yards, 7 TDs), John Nusmith (22 catches, 210 yards, 1 TD).


bag: LB Matthew Judon (10.5).

Major tacklers: DB Kyle Dagger (66).

Interception: CB JC Jackson (3).

Take / give: +6 (21/15).

Kicker: Nick Folk (26-of-28 FG, 26-of-30 PAT).

Panther: Jake Bailey (48.5, 40.8).

Last meeting: January 4, 2020: Titans 20, Patriots 13 (WC).


-The Patriots tight end Johnne Smith was drafted by the Titans in the third round of 2017 and played for the team for four seasons.

-Patriot LB Dont’a Hightower grew up in Lewisburg, Tennessee and played at Marshall County High School.

-The Patriots Offensive Lineman, Shaquille Mason, is from Colombia, Tennessee and attended Columbia High School.

-The Patriots cornerback, Joe Juan Williams, is from Nashville, where he attended Father Ryan High School and played for Vanderbilt.

-Patriots GM John Robinson spent 12 seasons with the Patriots, including his last five years as a college scout director (2009-13).

-Titans head coach Mike Vrabel has played 125 games with the Patriots in eight seasons and won three Super Bowl victories (2001, 2003 and 2004).

-Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was born in Nashville. His father, Steve, was an assistant coach for Vanderbilt.

Injury report

-Panther Jack Bailey (rt. Knee)

-DL Chris Chamber More (knee)

-LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (rib)

-T Trent Brown (calf)

-K Nick Folk (left knee)

-RB Damien Harris (neck)

-TE Hunter Henry (neck)

-LB Don’t’a Hightower (ankle)

-G Shakir Mason (abdomen)

-TE Jonnu Smith (shoulder)

-LB Kyle Van Noi (groin)

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel …

(Challenge to play in New England)

Tradition and history do not win or lose the game for anyone. Everyone knows where the banner is and how the organization has been successful in the last 20 years. Winning or losing the game depends on sound, basic football, football care, penalties and great technique. That’s really what they did and the last five weeks have been impressive.

(Patriots Quarterback Mac Jones)

He is well taught. I think he is talented. I think he really understands their attacks well, they were able to play soccer. I’ve been playing on short fields these days and I don’t have many chances, but when I’m under the field it’s accurate. They are just playing very complementary. The play action game is set up very well. Protection was what you expected. From what I’ve seen, I think it’s really a product.

(About the Patriots defensive players and how well they are doing this year)

They are good players. They are very good in advance of the technique they play. Linebackers are physical. Whether it was (Matthew) Judon, (Kyle) Van Noi, or (Jamie) Collins (Senior), when he was there, they hurried to them and set the edge to cover them. I ask you to do it. The secondary is physical. They reroute players, take advantage of capsizing, and take advantage of mistakes from counterattacks.

(About what he learned during his time in New England)

There are many things we do personally and based on coaching. How are you trying to help Tyler (Vlabel) and Carter (Vlabel)? Whether it’s from Bill (Belichick), Assistant Coach, Mr. (Robert) Kraft, Player, I learned a lot there in eight years. I learned a lot from my players and teammates. You have had good experiences throughout your life and will try to bring some of them with you as you progress.

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