Aaron Rodgers and the Pack made things a little interesting at Gillette into the 2nd half, but a timely turnover, a couple of big plays, and a solid effort by the defense turned a 17 - 17 third quarter tie into a 31 - 17 Pats win. The Patriots now sit at 7-2 behind only the Chiefs in the AFC. All that stands between them and a much-needed bye week are Mike Vrabel's Titans. The Titans sit at 4-4 and look like a thoroughly mediocre to bad NFL team through 8 weeks. Just looking at Football Outsiders, if you put any faith in their black box (YMMV), the Titans are 22nd in total DVOA. According to DVOA the Titans don't seem to do anything particularly well (22nd ranked offense, 26th ranked defense, 20th ranked special teams). They are coming off of a road win in Dallas where to my eye they looked pretty good after a shaky fumble-filled first quarter, but if the Pats are one of the elite teams in the league this is a game they should win. It is a road game in the NFL and the Pats haven't exactly looked sharp this season away from Gillette, but this is yet another must-win game if the Pats have any hope of catching the Chiefs for the #1 seed in the AFC. Fuck Eddie George and fuck the Titans. Win this game. "Celebrating What Is" Fact of the Day: The Pats win last week was their sixth in a row. Since 2001 the Pats have had at least a 6 game regular season winning streak in 12 out of 18 seasons, including 5 straight dating back to 2014. In fact from 2014 through 2017 the Pats have had at least a 7 game winning streak in every season, which they could match with a win on Sunday in Tennessee.