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Titans moving on to “huge challenge” against Patriots

Mike Vrabel says the Titans' previously strong season didn't matter in their Week 11 upset loss to the Texans when Tennessee laid down several turnovers.

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel wasn’t on the Patriots when Bill Belichick proclaimed the team was “on to Cincinnati” after a 2014 loss to the Chiefs, but he spent enough time playing for Belichick to have absorbed the need to flush a bad loss.

The Titans had a very bad one against the Texans on Sunday and Vrabel said the team has to learn their lesson about being as careless with the football as they were in that game. He also said “we have to move on” because Belichick and a hot Patriots team are on the schedule for Week 12.

“They have created 13 turnovers in five games, and obviously they have won five games in a row,” Vrabel said, via the team’s website. “The No.1 scoring defense in the league, offense has been very efficient, No.6 scoring offense. They are not turning it over, they are not doing things to beat themselves. Obviously they have done a great job of taking advantage of bad football. [They’re] well-coached, they are running the football, they are playing physical. It will be a huge challenge.”

A loss this week would move the Patriots ahead of the Titans in the AFC playoff picture with both teams going into a bye week. That would make for a major shift in position for the Titans over a short span, so the urgency level should be high in Tennessee this week.