The Titans (and probably the Steelers the following week in the AFC title game) are walking into a hornet’s nest this weekend. I know how tough it is to win a playoff game in New England. My final game as Titans president was the January 2004 divisional playoff game in below-zero wind chills. The Patriots beat us 17-14. In the Belichick/Brady era, the Patriots are 15-3 in home playoff games and can once again pull together to defeat the media noise that suggests they are about to disintegrate due to dissension.
Any numbers-based appreciation of Colson as a key guy, of course, needs to include one over which he has no control: 6’6. Notre Dame lists him at that height锟斤拷I didn’t ask [for it], Colson says sheepishly. I might’ve grown锟斤拷which is a conspicuous inch taller than last season and an inch-and-a-half taller than he was measured at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy he attended before 12th grade. In ACC play, he would be giving up between two and five inches to every contender’s starting power forward.
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Colson has offset this deficit, in part, with his 7’2 wingspan. He plays so much bigger than 6’5, says Brey, letting slip an outdated (and likely more accurate) measurement. When he extends, it’s freakish, the angles he gets the shot Kendall Graveman Jersey off at. By the end of last season Colson was playing nearly full-time at the five锟斤拷as the second-shortest player in Notre Dame’s lineup. In a narrow ACC title-game loss to Duke, he finished with 29 points and nine boards on a sprained right ankle.
The Titans (10-7) rallied from a 21-3 deficit to pull off a 22-21 wild-card win over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota will have to be at his best on Saturday to beat the Patriots (13-3) at Gillette Stadium (8:15 p.m. ET, CBS).
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Can Derrick Henry stay hot? The Patriots had the NFL’s 20th-ranked rush defense during the regular season, allowing a 100-yard rusher four times. The last two came in December when Miami’s Kenyan Drake and Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell joined Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt and Chargers running back Melvin Gordon as players to eclipse the century mark against the Patriots.
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