Tennessee Titans Running Back Dion Lewis (33) laterals the ball to wide receiver Darius Jennings (15) during the second half…
The New England Patriots posted their biggest losing deficit of the season.
And because it came to some familiar faces, there was plenty of swagger from The other side after the game.
The Mike Vrabel team Tennessee Titans smothered New England in a 34-10 win. That effort included several former Patriots, including cornerbacks Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler and running back Dion Lewis, with the latter two signing with the Titans this past offseason.
“Hell yeah it’s personal,” Lewis said after the game, according to the NFL Network. “That’s what happens when you go cheap. You get your (expletive) kicked. “
Throughout the game, cameras caught Lewis engaged in trash talk with several of his former teammates.
Butler tried to downplay any revenge, saying that the victory was the same as any other , but when pressed on whether he’d be smiling wider because it came against his former team, he said “most definitely.”
There was even some back-and-forth with the two teams play-calling.  On a third-and-7 with 11:41 left in the game and the Patriots looking for a kick on offense, coordinator Josh McDaniels called a reverse pass play, the same one he dialed up in the Super Bowl LII loss against the Eagles . Against Philadelphia, quarterback Tom Brady dropped the pass. On Sunday, Brady caught it but almost immediately stumbled and fell to the ground after gaining 6 yards.
On the next play, an offensive lineman was called for a false start. The Patriots did not convert the fourth-and-6.
Then, after Tennessee took over the ball, the Titans called the same reverse pass on the very next play. Titan’s receiver Darius Jennings floated a pass to quarterback Marcus Mariota for 21 yards.
Said Vrabel after the game: “I wanted to see if it looked better than theirs.”
The Pats tied their season low in points, Konverteerde slechts drie of 15 derde-poging pogingen en rijdde voor slechts 40 meter. Brady was also benched late in the fourth quarter.
Vrabel, a former Patriots linebacker who was a teammate of Brady’s from 2001-08, and defensive coordinator Dean Pees – who held the same title with the Patriots from 2006-09 – schemed up an effective plan to pressure Brady up the middle. Tennessee broke Brady four times and hit him another six.
Brady finished just 21 of 41 passes for 254 yards.
“Patrol coach Bill Belichick said.” As well as in a lot of other ones. “
On defense, it was not much better.
Cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who had played well this season and had often shadowed opposing recipients, was routinely hit by Titans wideout Corey Davis, who caught seven passes for 125 yards and one score.
“We did not really do much of anything well today,” Belichick said after the game.