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‘(The Patriots are) hard-nosed. They care about the fundamentals.’


Logan Ryan
Titans cornerback


New England 7 2 0 .778 270 202
Miami 5 4 0 .556 187 225
N.Y. Jets 3 6 0 .333 198 213
Buffalo 2 7 0 .222 96 241
Houston 6 3 0 .667 216 184
Tennessee 4 4 0 .500 134 141
Jacksonville 3 5 0 .375 134 170
Indianapolis 3 5 0 .375 231 213
Pittsburgh 6 2 1 .722 279 209
Cincinnati 5 3 0 .625 221 237
Baltimore 4 5 0 .444 213 160
Cleveland 2 6 1 .278 190 247
Kansas City 8 1 0 .889 327 226
L.A. Chargers 6 2 0 .750 220 180
Denver 3 6 0 .333 205 213
Oakland 1 7 0 .125 141 252

Washington 5 3 0 .625 160 172
Philadelphia 4 4 0 .500 178 156
Dallas 3 5 0 .375 154 151
N.Y. Giants 1 7 0 .125 150 205
New Orleans 7 1 0 .875 279 218
Carolina 6 3 0 .667 241 232
Atlanta 4 4 0 .500 228 226
Tampa Bay 3 5 0 .375 229 275
Chicago 5 3 0 .625 235 153
Minnesota 5 3 1 .611 221 204
Green Bay 3 4 1 .438 192 204
JAMES KENNEY | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Detroit 3 5 0 .375 180 210
TENNESSEE TITANS HEAD COACH Mike Vrabel talks to his players Oct. 14 during a game against the Baltimore Ravens in Nashville. W L T Pct PF PA
L.A. Rams 8 1 0 .889 299 200

Mike’s homecoming
Seattle 4 4 0 .500 188 156
NEW ENGLAND (7-2) Arizona 2 6 0 .250 110 199
San Francisco 2 7 0 .222 207 239
WHEN: 1 p.m. today, CBS Thursday
Pittsburgh 52, Carolina 21
SERIES RECORD: Patriots lead Today
25-16-1 Arizona at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Vrabel gets first crack against Patriots

LAST TIME: Patriots beat Titans Buffalo at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.
35-14, Jan. 13 Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Patriots beat Packers Washington at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
31-17; Titans beat Cowboys 28-14 New Orleans at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
AP PRO32: Patriots No. 2, Titans BY TERESA M. WALKER eight seasons with Vrabel from 2001 to 2008. New England at Tennessee, 1 p.m.
Atlanta at Cleveland, 1 p.m.
No. 17 AP Pro Football Writer Gostkowski arrived in 2006, and Slater was a L.A. Chargers at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
PATRIOTS rookie during Vrabel’s final season in 2008 before Miami at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.
OFFENSE: 9, RUSH 14, PASS 11 NASHVILLE — Mike Vrabel won three Super being traded. Seattle at L.A. Rams, 4:25 p.m.

DEFENSE: 24, RUSH 14, PASS 26 Bowl rings over eight seasons with the New Eng- “His body can do it longer than mine could at Dallas at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m.
Open: Minnesota, Denver, Baltimore, Houston
TITANS land Patriots. He even caught eight passes — all the position that he plays,” Vrabel said of Brady. Monday
OFFENSE: 30, RUSH t-16, PASS 30 for touchdowns and all thrown by Tom Brady. NEW ENGLAND TIES: Patriots cornerback Jason N.Y. Giants at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m.

DEFENSE: 8, RUSH 16, PASS 8 Then Bill Belichick traded the linebacker away McCourty spent his first eight seasons with the
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: to Kansas City in 2009. Titans and now plays alongside twin brother,
Nov. 15
Patriots QB Tom Brady will play “We didn’t talk for a couple months, maybe a Devin, in New England. Trying to rebuild, Tennes- Green Bay at Seattle, 8:20 p.m.
300th career game, including post- year,” Vrabel said. “Then we became friends, and see has stocked up on former Patriots including Nov. 18

season, and join Brett Favre (326) I used him as a resource when I started my coach- general manager Jon Robinson, Vrabel, Ryan, right Houston at Washington, 1 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
as only NFL QBs to appear in 300 ing career, and still talk to him a lot now. This week guard Josh Kline. Robinson signed cornerback Tampa Bay at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
career games. ... Brady needs three we’re competitors.” Malcolm Butler and running back Dion Lewis Dallas at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

TD passes to tie Peyton Manning

In his first season as an NFL head coach with this offseason. Also, Titans defensive coordina- Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Tennessee, Vrabel gets his first crack at both his tor Dean Pees was an assistant and coordinator Carolina at Detroit, 1 p.m.
(579) for most in NFL history, also Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
old coach and former team today when the Titans with the Patriots. He was the linebackers coach
including playoffs. Denver at L.A. Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
(4-4) host the Patriots (7-2). in 2004-05 and defensive coordinator in New Oakland at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.
The men share some of the same philosophies England from 2006-2009. Philadelphia at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m.
ARIZONA (2-6) AT about football, though not personalities. DEFENDING BRADY: Brady enters this game having Minnesota at Chicago, 8:20 p.m.
Open: Buffalo, San Francisco, Miami, New England,
KANSAS CITY (8-1) Titans cornerback Logan Ryan, who spent his won five straight against the Titans. His lone loss Cleveland, N.Y. Jets
first four seasons in New England, says Vrabel’s came in 2002 in a 24-7 setback during Brady’s Nov. 19
also younger and taller than Belichick. Vrabel may third year in the league. That also was his only Kansas City vs L.A. Rams at Mexico City, MX, 8:15
WHEN: 1 p.m. today, Fox dress a bit better too during games, and Ryan sees meeting with the Titans in which he didn’t have p.m.
SERIES: Chiefs lead 8-3-1 some other similarities. a touchdown pass and the only time he threw an
LAST TIME: Cardinals beat Chiefs
17-14, Dec. 7, 2014
“They’re hard-nosed. They care about the fun- interception. NFL INJURY REPORT
damentals,” Ryan said. In six regular-season meetings with Tennessee, NEW ENGLAND AT TENNESSEE
LAST WEEK: Cardinals beat 49ers For his part, Belichick says Vrabel will be a great Brady has thrown for 1,561 yards, 12 touchdowns PATRIOTS: QUESTIONABLE: OT Trent Brown (ill-
18-15; Chiefs beat Browns 37-21 coach with his passion and football knowledge as a and the one interception, while completing 66 ness), TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle/back), LB Dont’a
AP PRO32: Cardinals No. 29, Chiefs player easily carrying over. Belichick also believes percent of his passes. Hightower (knee), TE Jacob Hollister (hamstring), G
No. 2 (tie) Vrabel deserves to be recognized in the Patriots “He’s seen every look in the book, and even Shaq Mason (calf), RB Sony Michel (knee).
CARDINALS Hall of Fame and yes, the Nashville native cheers for ones that haven’t been in the book,” Vrabel said TITANS: OUT: OT Jack Conklin (concussion). QUES-
OFFENSE: 32, RUSH 31, PASS 32 Vrabel and the Titans every game except this one. of Brady. “Anytime that somebody’s open, they TIONABLE: S Dane Cruikshank (knee), DL Bennie
DEFENSE: 22, RUSH 7, PASS 31 “It will be the Patriots against the Titans,” Belich- get the football. Anytime you make a mistake, Logan (knee), LB Derrick Morgan (shoulder), WR
CHIEFS ick said. “That’s what it will be.” he’s always going to find the guy that you make Tajae Sharpe (ankle), WR Taywan Taylor (foot).
OFFENSE: 3, RUSH 6, PASS 13 The Patriots have won six straight after beating a mistake on and get them ball really quickly.”
DEFENSE: 31, RUSH 28, PASS 25 Green Bay 31-17 last week. They also have won the MORE BRADY: The three-time MVP will play his ARIZONA CARDINALS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Ari- past seven against the Titans, including playoffs, 300th game, including the postseason, today. Brady CARDINALS: OUT: DT Robert Nkemdiche (calf),
WR Chad Williams (ankle). QUESTIONABLE:S Bud-
zona is 0-4-1 in Kansas City. Its last with the most recent a 35-14 romp in the divisional will join Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks to da Baker (foot), S Tre Boston (chest), TE Jermaine
visit was 2010. ... Cardinals rallied round last January. The Titans snapped a three- reach that mark, and the Patriots quarterback Gresham (back), G Mike Iupati (back), DT Corey
from 12-point fourth-quarter come- game skid Monday night with a 28-14 win in Dallas. needs four TD passes to pass Peyton Manning Peters (ankle), G Justin Pugh (hand), G Jeremy
Vujnovich (hamstring).
back last week vs. San Francisco. ... Some things to know about the Patriots and (579) for most TD passes in NFL history for regu-
Arizona playing second game in 24 Titans: lar season and postseason combined. The Titans, CHIEFS: OUT: C Mitch Morse (concussion). DOUBT-
days. ... Cardinals WR Larry Fitzger- LAST THREE: Only a trio remains of those who the NFL’s top scoring defense and also best in the FUL: S Eric Berry (heel). QUESTIONABLE:G Cameron
ald needs 33 yards receiving to pass played alongside Vrabel during his tenure in New red zone, are allowing only 17.6 points per game Erving (illness), LB Anthony Hitchens (rib), LB Justin
Houston (hamstring), S Daniel Sorensen (knee),
Terrell Owens (15,934) for second England: Brady, kicker Stephen Gostkowski and and have allowed three TDs in a game only twice WR Sammy Watkins (foot), LB Frank Zombo (ham-
most in NFL history. special teams captain Matt Slater. Brady spent this season. string).

Mahomes, Rosen to face off when Chiefs welcome Cardinals

BY DAVE SKRETTA Josh Rosen — now the of the Kansas City offense. GETTING HEALTHIER: Chiefs
AP Sports Writer quarterback on whom the “One thing we talked safety Daniel Sorensen
Cardinals are pinning their about all week is really try- is expected to play after
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — future. ing to limit those big plays, returning from injured
The Patrick Mahomes “I’ve met him a couple understanding exactly who reserve, where he’d been
Reunion Tour rolls on today times, been out to Califor- they’re trying to target,” since breaking his leg in
when the young, record- nia and met him,” Mahomes Wilks said. “This is a very training camp.
setting quarterback leads said. “He throws a beautiful explosive offense. Going The Chiefs also could
the high-flying Kansas City ball. It’s always a really tight against Andy Reid for sev- have top pass rusher Jus-
Chiefs against the Arizo- spiral. I know he’ll have a eral years in different plac- tin Houston back from a
na Cardinals at Arrowhead lot of success.” es, going all the way back to hamstring injury that has
Stadium. It’s going to be tough to the Eagles, this is part of his sidelined him the past four
Last week, Mahomes top the success Mahomes M.O. So, we’ve got to try to games.
shredded the Cleveland is having. limit the big plays as much ROSEN AND REID: Rosen’s
Browns while outplaying The Chiefs’ first-year as possible.” father, noted physician
their rookie quarterback, starter is setting bench- ORLIN WAGNER | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Cardinals (2-6) have Dr. Charles Rosen, gradu-
Baker Mayfield. The two marks just about every time KANSAS CITY CHIEFS QUARTERBACK Patrick Mahomes (15) throws struggled much of the sea- ated from the University
met when Mahomes was he steps on the field, and a pass under pressure from Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley son, particularly on offense. of Pennsylvania, and the
being recruited to Texas the next one might be con- Chubb (55) Oct. 28 in Kansas City, Mo. But they’re coming off an youngster was an avid fan
Tech and Mayfield helped secutive 300-yard passing uplifting, fourth-quarter of Reid and the Philadelphia
to serve as his host, and games. Mahomes has eight really throwing, we were either, because he’s spent comeback victory over San Eagles growing up.
their relationship contin- straight to match Andrew mostly just coaching the all his time focusing on Francisco that was capped “I used to have an Eagles
ued even when Mayfield Luck from the 2014 season, kids. So we didn’t get to the defense. But Cardinals by Rosen’s touchdown shirt when I was a kid that
transferred to Oklahoma. and he’s shown no signs of really throw too much, but I coach Steve Wilks has seen strike to Christian Kirk in said, ‘Our coach will eat
This week, Mahomes gets slowing down. liked him as a dude. We got enough to know that stop- the final minute. yours.’ I was a huge Andy
to reminiscence about his “I thought he was pretty along really well.” ping him may be impossi- As the Chiefs and Cardi- Reid fan,” Rosen said.
time working at Peyton good,” Rosen said, reflect- Rosen hasn’t seen a whole ble, and slowing him down nals prepare to meet today, “Him and Mike Vick and
Manning’s football camp ing on those days working lot of Mahomes with the is nearly as difficult. here are some interesting the DeSean Jackson days
with his old roommate, camp together. “We weren’t Chiefs (8-1) this week, That goes for the entirety notes: were very fun to watch.