Pa­tri­ots (7-2) at Ti­tans (4-4)

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Sun­day, 1 p.m. ET, Nis­san Sta­dium, Nash­ville, Ten­nessee TV: CBS

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: by 6

Pa­tri­ots’ keys to vic­tory: Con­tain­ing QB Mar­cus Mar­i­ota and forc­ing him to throw will be the Pa­tri­ots’ big­gest task. Not al­low­ing the Ti­tans’ run game to get go­ing also will be key. Ex-Pa­triot Dion Lewis and RB Der­rick Henry split the car­ries fairly evenly. The Pa­tri­ots, mean­while, have found an un­likely rusher in Cor­dar­relle Pat­ter­son, nor­mally a wide re­ceiver. He gained 83 yards on just 11 car­ries in the Week 9 vic­tory against the Green Bay Pack­ers.

Ti­tans’ keys to vic­tory: Us­ing Mar­i­ota’s mo­bil­ity to the fullest will be key — the Pa­tri­ots have had a hard time slow­ing down mo­bile quar­ter­backs this sea­son. The Ti­tans also need the offense to match the ag­gres­sive­ness of their de­fense and con­sis­tently move the chains and put points on the board against a team with a much more po­tent offense.

Matchup to watch: Pa­tri­ots WR Josh Gor­don vs. Ti­tans CB Mal­colm But­ler. But­ler’s ac­tions have yet to match his talk this year, but he has a chance to prove him­self re­li­able against the Pa­tri­ots and get some pay­back for be­ing held out of the Su­per Bowl last sea­son in his final game for New Eng­land. Gor­don, an early-sea­son ac­qui­si­tion, had his best game with the Pa­tri­ots (five re­cep­tions, 130 yards, one touch­down) in the win against Green Bay.

Who wins? The Ti­tans stum­bled af­ter a 3-1 start and need a big vic­tory to prove their per­for­mance in those first four games is more along the lines of who they are. But they’re not good enough to beat the Pa­tri­ots, who again are play­ing at an elite level.

Pa­tri­ots, 31-20 Pa­tri­ots

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