New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans, September 9, 2012: Fan Preview

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In 2011 the New England Patriots had a strong enough offense led by quarterback Tom Brady to make it to the Super Bowl. Their offense has since improved with the acquisition of wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.

For Tennessee, their offense led by Jake Locker does not carry the same luster as New England. There is certainly some talent, but there is no comparison in the overall caliber. Needless to say, anything can happen in football.

New England's offense scored just six touchdowns in a 1-4 performance during the four-game preseason, but to say that is a concern would be akin to saying the Seattle Seahawks should be given a free pass in the NFC because they went 4-0. Tennessee finished 3-1.

The season opener should give a good look as to what to expect from both teams in 2012.

The matchup:

The New England Patriots will take on the Tennessee Titans at LP Field located in Nashville, Tenn. on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 1 p.m. EDT.

The standings:

New England enters the contest with a 0-0 record and in first place in the AFC East. They are 0-0 when playing on the road and are 0-0 against AFC teams this season.

Tennessee enters the contest with a 0-0 record and in first place in the AFC South. They are 0-0 when playing at home and are 0-0 against AFC teams this season.

The series:

The regular season all-time series record stands at 21-15-1 in favor of the Patriots.

Where to watch:

The game will be televised on the CBS network. Check your local television listings for broadcasts in your area.

Medical Watch: (PUP-physically unable to perform, IR-injured reserve, O-out, D-doubtful, Q-questionable, P-probable)

New England: Myron Pryor (shoulder, PUP), Jake Ballard (knee, PUP), Jamey Richard (concussion, IR), Josh Barrett (undisclosed, IR), Will Allen (undisclosed, IR), Dane Fletcher (knee, IR), Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring, IR), Spencer Larsen (undisclosed, IR), Shane Vareen (foot, D), Nick McDonald (shoulder, D), Sebastian Vollmer (back, Q), Sterling Moore (knee, Q), Daniel Fells (shin, Q), Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring, Q), Patrick Chung (shoulder, P).

Tennessee: Markelle Martin (knee, PUP), Eugene Amano (triceps, IR), Leger Douzable (shoulder, IR), Ryan Durand (finger, IR), Gerald McRath (knee, IR), Dave Ball (concussion, IR), Marc Mariani (leg, IR), Michael Otto (hand, O), SenDerrick Marks (knee, Q), Scott Solomon (knee, Q), Jurrell Casey (elbow, P), Zach Diles (hamstring, P).

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