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Titans manhandle punchless Patriots offense

Titans manhandle punchless Patriots offense

A bad mix of circumstances led to an ugly offensive performance by the Patriots on Sunday.

There were injuries – tight end Rob Gronkowski and right guard Shaq Mason didn’t play while tackles Marcus Cannon and Trent Brown were dinged during the game.

That led to spotty protection of Tom Brady who was unnerved by the pressure early and spent a lot of the day throwing wild and ducking for cover as he went 21 for 41 for 254 yards and no touchdown passes, his third straight game without a TD pass.

WHAT WE SAID BEFORE THE GAME

The Patriots running game was ineffective against Tennessee’s very solid front-seven which meant too many second and third-and-longs which only increased the pressure Brady was feeling.  

And then you had a defensive game plan hatched by a coordinator - Dean Pees - and head coach - Mike Vrabel - who knew exactly what could make life difficult for the Patriots.

Press at the line of scrimmage, attack sideways throws aggressively and limit opportunities for catch-and-run yards after dumpoff passes.

James White, who’s been such a weapon this season, caught five passes for 31 yards on eight targets. The Titans made a priority of limiting him by making sure that he had plenty of company every time he caught it.

Josh Gordon wound up being the most-frequently targeted player. Brady went to him 12 times but only completed four. One of those eight incompletions was a pure drop by Gordon in the first quarter. Another was a catchable ball that went through his hands. But there were other Brady misfires in his direction.

MORE HARD TRUTHS

In the second quarter, Brady – afforded great protection – directed Gordon across the end zone. But when he wound up to deliver the ball, it landed around the 10-yard line. There was also a sideline throw that saw Gordon slip as Brady delivered the ball. But even as Gordon straightened up, the ball wobbled well over his head and out of bounds. Gordon didn’t provide great returns on contested catches either.

But Sunday saw Brady at his most jittery. Knowing the easy throws short throws weren’t going to be there because of the press coverage and aggressiveness, Brady had to hold it longer to let things develop downfield and he clearly didn’t have confidence he was going to get the time he needed for that. The result? A poor day for accuracy and an impotent day throwing to everyone except for Julian Edelman, who wound up with nine catches on his 12 targets and 104 receiving yards.

Edelman left the game in the second half with a foot injury which – given his impact the past two weeks – is a big concern going forward.

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Rob Gronkowski revealed as White Tiger in 'The Masked Singer'

Rob Gronkowski revealed as White Tiger in 'The Masked Singer'

The identity of the mysterious (or not-so-serious depending on how you look at it) White Tiger was revealed on Wednesday night's episode of FOX's "The Masked Singer," and it was none other than ex-New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Gronk's "Masked Singer" tenure came to an end as he was eliminated from the Super 9, and that's when the world found out he was behind that White Tiger costume all along.


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His elimination came after this rather interesting rendition of "I'm Too Sexy".

Gronkowski has been a busy man since retiring from the NFL a year ago. On top of starring in "The Masked Singer," he's also served as an NFL analyst on FOX and has taken the stage in the WWE. That's while partnering with CBD company CBDMEDIC. The three-time Super Bowl champ truly has his hands in everything.

Here are a couple of Gronk's previous performances as White Tiger:

Patriots' Julian Edelman to lead free virtual Planet Fitness workout Thursday

Patriots' Julian Edelman to lead free virtual Planet Fitness workout Thursday

Gyms around the country have been shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but that's no excuse to not get a workout in.

If you're looking to get your workout routine back on track, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and Planet Fitness have you covered. On Thursday, Edelman will lead a live virtual "work-in" on Planet Fitness' Facebook page at 7 p.m. ET.

"The virtual class is about 20 minutes and doesn't require any equipment," Planet Fitness stated in a press release. "The home workouts offer tools to combat stress, while providing motivation and inspiration sure to keep us all physically and mentally fit. And what’s more inspiring than our champion New England team!"

Below is the Facebook event for those interested in joining:

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If you can't make it to Edelman's live workout at 7 p.m., don't worry. The workout video will be available on the Planet Fitness Facebook page and YouTube channel after the broadcast is over.