Patriots vs. Titans, in an unexpected battle for the top in the AFC

In addition, Rams faces the Packers in Green Bay, a game with the flavor of revenge.

The Titans ended the Tom Brady era in New england with a win over the Patriots in the 2019 wild-card round. Now, it’s time to face his successor. And the duel couldn’t come at a more inopportune time for Tennessee.

The winner of Sunday’s match in Foxboro could dawn on Monday consolidated in the first place of the American Conference. The loser could collapse in a conference landscape where 11 teams are separated by two games or less apart.

Tennessee (8-3), currently No. 1 in the AFC, is 7-0 this season against teams that were in the postseason last season. It has been a different story against lesser adversaries, including losses to the mediocre Texans and Jets.

The Patriots missed the playoffs in the first year in two decades without Brady behind the center. But rookie Mac Jones has reactivated the offense of New england, making them a very dangerous rival. There is no team with a longer winning streak in action than the Patriots, who on Sunday will seek their sixth consecutive victory. It will also be a duel in which your head coach Bill Belichick look for his first win in three games against his protégé, Tennessee quarterback Mike Vrabel.

Needless to say, these are not the same Patriots who last year were shipwrecked to a 7-9 record weighed down by an aimless offense with Cam Newton at the controls. With Jones as a quarterback and a scathing defense, New england has the best point spread of the NFL, over 123.

After falling below 25 points in any of their first five games, going 2-3, New England has at least 27 in four of their last six games. To that is added a defense that admits only 16 units per game and the result is to be a divisional leader.

“I don’t want to brag too much, but I feel like we have one of the best defenses in the league,” cornerback JC Jackson said.

Tennessee he has had no problem facing competitive opponents this season. After all, last Sunday’s loss to Houston snapped a six-game winning streak, all against opponents who were in the playoffs last season.

But the offense has waned in the last three games since losing the league’s rushing leader. NFL Derrick Henry and quarterback Ryan Tannehill have not been able to carry the full brunt of an unbalanced attack at the time.

Rams (8-3) at Green Bay (7-3)

The bad news for the Rams is that on Sunday they return to the place where their 2020 season ended, when they fell to the Packers in Lambeau Field in the divisional round.

The good news for The AngelsHowever, it is that over the course of the season there have been seven games that were a repeat of a postseason game from the previous season and the team that lost in the postseason is 5-2 so far.

The Rams they will seek to maintain the trend and will try to do so based on talent. At the end of the day, it’s hard to find a more talented outfit than the one you have. Sean McVay under his charge, and that over the past month has been further enriched by the acquisitions of linebacker Von Miller and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

If the Rams looking to avenge their 32-18 loss in the previous postseason, they can hardly find a better time to meet at Green Bay.

The quarterback of the Packers Aaron Rodgers revealed Wednesday that he suffers from a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left leg. An extremely painful injury that, while it will not prevent him from seeing action, will not be helpful when he faces Aaron Donald, Miller and the fifth-most sack defense this season.

Green bay he has lost two of his last three games to give up the top of the NFC, but has five wins in his last six meetings against the Rams.