Best and Worst from Patriots' victory over Titans


BEST SENSE OF TIMING: Midway through the first quarter, Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore read the play perfectly and deftly reached around wide receiver Corey Davis to deflect a pass away.

BEST USE OF LEGS – Marcus Mariota scrambled for a pair of 11-yard runs to give the Titans first downs on their way to the game’s opening score.

WORST SIGHT IN THE TRENCHES – Titans right tackle Jack Conklin went down after Malcom Brown accidentally rolled into his left knee in the first quarter. The former first-round pick left the game and never returned.

BEST RESPONSE – The Patriots needed just seven plays to march 73 yards to tie the score at 7 on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to James White.

BEST BLINDSIDE BLOCK – Chris Hogan showed that he was healthy, drilling an unsuspecting Wesley Woodyard to allow Dion Lewis to run for a few extra yards early in the second quarter.

WORST TIME TO GET HAPPY FEET – Safety Brynden Trawick was nailed with a neutral zone infraction on fourth down, giving the Patriots a first down at their own 19. They made the Titans pay for it by driving the length of the field for a score — a 4-yard TD pass from Tom Brady to Chris Hogan, to take a 21-7 lead.

WORST EXECUTION – The Titans decided to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the Patriots 46. Rather than bull up the middle, Derrick Henry tried to bounce it outside and was engulfed by a host of Patriots for a 5-yard loss.

BEST HOLE – The Patriots’ interior line opened up a gaping hole and fullback James Develin sealed off linebacker Wesley Woodyard, allowing Brandon Bolden to trot into the end zone untouched for a 2-yard touchdown.

BEST TIME TO CRANK OUT AN OLDIE BUT GOODIE – As several of the Titans’ defenders were jumping out trying to stay warm during a long commercial break, the PA announcer began playing Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice” to the delight of the crowd, many of whom chimed in with the lyrics.

WORST MESSAGE TO SEND YOUR TEAM: Trailing by 28 early in the fourth quarter, the Titans decided to punt on fourth-and-8 from their own 40-yard line. The ultimate concession speech to the team.



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