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Pats D should be able to contain McNair & Co.

Updated: January 9, 2004, 1:27 PM ET
By Football Scouts, Inc. | For ESPN Insider
Editor's note: Football Scouts, Inc., took an early look at the NFL playoff match-ups Tuesday. Here's their updated scouting report:
  • Take 2: LBs, safeties key to Titans' defense

    In a stunning break from form, Tennessee topped Baltimore in last week's AFC wild card game behind an unrelenting run game and in spite of QB Steve McNair, who threw three interceptions. McNair, who has been playing -- and winning -- despite his usual cornucopia of injuries, obviously deserves some slack. Trouble is, the road only gets rockier at New England.

    The Patriots are money in Foxboro, and their crafty blitzing and mixed coverages are hell on quarterbacks everywhere. Worse yet, the Titans haven't held up all that well against opponents with the receiver depth to spread out their secondary. QB Tom Brady has thrown TDs to eight different receivers this season, and the Pats have been masterful in exploiting match-ups.

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