Tennessee Titans vs. New England Patriots Preview: Key Matchups

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Tennessee Titans vs. New England Patriots Preview: Key Matchups
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Titans face the Patriots in the week 1 opener

The New England Patriots roll into Music City USA on Sunday to battle the Tennessee Titans in the 2012 season opener.

Tom Brady tore up the Titans in their most recent meeting in 2009, throwing for 380 yards and six touchdowns in handing the Titans an embarrassing 59-0 loss.  Tennessee threw for, no joke, -7 total yards in the Foxborough blizzard and the loss dropped the Titans to 0-6 on the season.

On Sunday, the weather will be the opposite (sunny and high of 78 degrees), and Titans fans hope the outcome will be the opposite as well.

The Titans are a new-look team with second-year player Jake Locker as its quarterback. He gets the defending AFC champions in his first NFL start.

Mike Munchak is going into his second year as head coach of the Titans after leading them to an impressive 9-7 record, one spot out of the playoffs, last season.

The Patriots' continue to have the NFL's most deadly passing attack, having made the playoffs five seasons in a row and the Super Bowl two of the past five.  The Pats are 16-6 in the playoffs under Bill Belichick and show no signs of letting up.

In this matchup, these battles will be key.

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