DeMarco Murray ruled out vs. Patriots


The Tennessee Titans did something no one expected them to do last weekend: defeat the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead.

In fact, a loss to the Titans in the divisional round might be the catalyst that "breaks up" New England.

"We're not the Chiefs". As a defense, we take the challenge. He's big. There's a lot of big backs out there.

Henry is more than big, New England safety Devin McCourty said. This week, Tom Brady will be the target and the Titans have to get to him. "That was. first of all, that's a very, very hard play to make, and that shows you his skill set, his athletic ability - to be able to throw the ball, have it knocked down and be able to catch it where he caught it, and go in and run [on] a scoring dive, it shows his athletic ability". If everybody crashes inside, he'll bounce. "I think he saw that, and, obviously, he's a quick, fast learner". He has seen this chapter all too many times in Pittsburgh. An angry Brady is generally a good Brady and the Titans may feel his wrath on Saturday.

Henry rushed for 156 yards last week in Kansas City, 85 yards of which came in the fourth quarter.

But since 2001, quarterbacks making their first or second career playoff start are 0-7 against New England. His age makes him a marvel, but also a target for dissection. "I mean, he's a big guy. But, he always has his eyes downfield, always knows when to run, when to throw the pass, and I would say his touch on the ball, too, that gets people open when he's scrambling is really good".

Defensively, New England rebounded from a bad September to finish fifth in the National Football League in points allowed (296) and ninth in sacks with 41.

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But that's why they play the games. Their sophomore running back Derrick Henry has overtaken running back DeMarco Murray's starting job while Murray has been out with a knee injury. He'll never pass Mariota's legend, though. Defensively, the Titans yielded 23.1 points and 334.6 total yards (245.5 in passing and 89.1 in rushing) per game.

Hogan was officially removed from the team's injury report Thursday for the first time since injuring his shoulder in an October 29 win over the. They've all denied there's a rift, which is what you would expect them to do.

As far as blocking out other distractions and "negative coverage" the team has received this week, Brady said that wasn't going to be an issue. Last week's victory over the Chiefs was the Titans' first postseason win since January 3, 2004.

With Brady at the helm, the Patriots are 6-1 against the Titans, and the star quarterback has 13 touchdowns and one interception in those games.

CBS' top crew on the call: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (analysis), Tracy Wolfson (sideline) and Jay Feely (kicking expert) will broadcast the game on CBS.

Most of the attention for Saturday night's AFC divisional playoff game between the Patriots and Titans at Gillette Stadium has focused on the defending Super Bowl champions and whether their pursuit of a sixth title might be derailed by reported turmoil within their ranks.