• Patriots ready to square off against familiar faces on Titans

    By: Sam Knox


    Looking at the Patriots schedule, this upcoming game in Tennessee looks like an ordinary game. What you don’t see in the schedule is that New England will be battling a few familiar faces.

    Headed by former Patriots linebacker and three-time Super Bowl champion Mike Vrabel, the Titans have a few key names that Patriots fans will remember forever.

    Another key name is Malcolm Butler, who helped the Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX with an interception at the goal line late in the fourth quarter.

    Not to mention running back Dion Lewis, who was a part of the major 25-point comeback against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LII.

    All together, these three former Patriots players won five Super Bowls for New England, and with Tennessee’s head coach among those three, it is going to be harder for the Patriots to pull out a win against them. 

    Butler may be looking for revenge against his former team, who benched him in last year’s Super Bowl defeat against the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Many people on the outside might have been wondering why Butler was not playing, especially in a game where New England’s defense gave up 41 points.

    Butler is not looking at this game any differently than other games.

    “It’s just a game," Butler said. "I know I used to play for New England. I’m not over-hyped, I’m not very pumped. No matter who I play, people are throwing the ball so, I just got to be ready.”

    Vrabel, having played with Tom Brady and played for Bill Belichick, knows the challenge that they will bring to the table this week.

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    “There’s a lot of issues when you get ready to play these guys, Tom [Brady] obviously orchestrates the offense and gets the guys where he wants and when he wants them there,” Vrabel said. “It’ll be a huge challenge. They’re always very sound and they do a great job with situations.”

    It will be an interesting game to watch as the Patriots travel to Nissan Stadium to play the Titans at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

    Sam Knox is an intern in the Boston 25 Sports Department. Follow Sam on Twitter: @SamKnox_4

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