The New England Patriots reload their stacked offense as they travel to meet the Tennessee Titans Sunday afternoon at LP Field.
New England quarterback Tom Brady is expected to have another high-caliber year, and will find the Patriots growing list of tight ends like Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. The Patriots have seven tight ends listed on their current roster.
One drawback to New England's offense was the running game, as their leading rusher from last season, Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis, gained only 667 yards, but did score 11 touchdowns.
New England did not re-sign Green-Ellis, and instead second-year running back Stephen Ridley earned the starting spot during training camp. The Patriots have high hopes for the LSU product this season.
Even with such a prolific and dynamic offense head coach Bill Belichick had to find a way to shore up New England's porous pass defense, which ranked second to last in 2011, allowing 293.9 passing yards per game.
New England spent their two first round picks on defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker Don't'a Hightower to increase their pass rush and hopefully quell any opponent's passing attack.
Tennessee's passing game may have a long way to go as they will start second-year quarterback Jake Locker Sunday.
Locker beat out veteran Matt Hasselback for the starting nod, as the Titans focus on the future of the franchise.
Running back Chris Johnson should be the focal point for the Tennessee offense this season, as the speedy and talented back tries to bounce back from a disappointing 2011 campaign. Johnson managed to gain 1,047 yards and four touchdowns on 262 attempts last season, but it was far cry from his breakout 2009 season.
Wide receiver Kenny Britt was suspended for one game by the NFL after his eighth run-in with the law during the offseason, and will not play Sunday.
The Titans defensive front could face some trouble Sunday. Four-year defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks is listed as doubtful, and fellow defensive tackle Jurrell Casey is listed questionable.
The game begins at 1pm eastern time and will be on CBS, or watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Prediction: New England should have no trouble scoring Sunday, but this will be an interesting test for their defense. If the Patriots can stifle Johnson in the running game, then Locker will have to move the ball efficiently downfield to keep Brady on the sidelines.
Predicted Score: New England 31, Tennessee 18
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