Experts share their picks for the Patriots Week 10 matchup against the Tennessee Titans.
Mike Reiss, ESPN:
Pick: Patriots 27, Titans 17
The Patriots have 22 touchdowns in 34 red zone trips this season, with their 64.7 TD percentage ranking them 11th in the NFL. And the Titans' D has allowed just seven touchdowns in 22 opponent red zone trips, a 31.8 percentage that ranks the unit as the best in the NFL. So there's a good chance this game will come down to the red zone, and New England coordinator Josh McDaniels, Tom Brady & Co. will be at their creative best.
Turron Davenport, ESPN
Pick: Patriots 28, Titans 24
The Titans' offense showed signs of life Monday by scoring 28 points, a season high. The Patriots' defense is giving up 22.4 points per game, and most of the points against (13.3) are coming when the game is out of reach in the second half. If the Titans can reach the end zone early and keep the game close, they'll have a chance. Brady and the Patriots are scoring an average of 30 points per game, while the Tennessee defense is allowing an NFL-best 17.6. Something has to give.
Mike Golic, ESPN: Patriots
Seth Wickersham, ESPN: Patriots
Mina Kimes, ESPN: Patriots
Trey Wingo, ESPN: Patriots
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports:
Pick: Patriots 30, Titans 17
This game pits former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, now the coach of the Titans, against Bill Belichick. That will be interesting. The Titans impressed Monday night in beating Dallas, but New England's defense will slow Marcus Mariota's little surge and the Patriots will go into Nashville and handle the Titans.
Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports: Patriots
Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Patriots
Dave Richard, CBS Sports: Patriots
Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: Patriots
Elliot Harrison, NFL.com:
Pick: Patriots 26, Titans 17
Could this be where the Patriots' winning streak ends? New England has garnered six straight victories, putting up gobs of points when needed (SEE: Chiefs, Packers), held the fort when needed (SEE: Dolphins, Bills, Packers) and made waves on special teams when needed (SEE: Bears). What will be necessary versus the suddenly unstuck Titans? Solid blocking up front, for starters, and positive special teams play. This Tennessee defense is no joke. The Titans are first in the entire NFL in offensive points allowed (141). They are also hell on wheels in the red zone, where they allow 1.6 yards per play, a 51.2 passer rating and touchdowns only 31.8 percent of the time. The Pats must create rushing lanes and let Tom Brady pat the ball when the field is squeezed near the Titans' goal line. And Stephen Gostkowski must be money. He is so money he doesn't even know he is money.
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk:
Pick: Patriots 27, Titans 17
The Titans are capable of beating anyone. The Patriots currently don’t seem to be susceptible to losing to anyone.
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk:
Pick: Patriots 24, Titans 13
It’s student against teacher with Mike Vrabel coaching against Bill Belichick, and I’ll take the Patriots’ defense to shut down the Titans’ offense.
Paul Perillo, Patriots.com:
Pick: Patriots 23, Titans 17
Patriots with just enough offense to win rock fight.
Andy Hart, Patriots.com:
Pick: Patriots 31, Titans 13
Patriots shake off early dog fight to pull away.
Erik Scalavino, Patriots.com:
Pick: Patriots 30, Titans 16
Coming off perhaps their most well-rounded win of the season, the Patriots will keep that momentum going in Nashville. Even against a solid Titans defense, New England should be able to move the ball and score, while the improving defense is feeling confident and will frustrate Tennessee, particularly in the red zone.
Don Banks, Patriots.com NFL Columnist:
The Titans showed me something by going into Dallas (well, actually Arlington) and whipping a Cowboys team that had been undefeated at home this season. Tennessee’s defense is not to be taken lightly and has play-makers at all three levels. But it’s a short week for Mike Vrabel’s club, and the Patriots offense can beat you in so many different ways these days, especially if Rob Gronkowski and Sony Michel return to the lineup.