The New England Patriots headed to Nashville for a matchup on Sunday with the Tennessee Titans, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who gave Tennessee much of a shot. But in one of the more unexpected results of the 2018 season, Tennessee woodshedded New England 34-10, throwing the Patriots a beatdown in a way we rarely see.
‘That’s what happens when you go cheap’
In the aftermath of the game, Titans running back Dion Lewis, a former Patriot, gloated at the defeat of his old squad. “It’s a real sweet win, you know, especially when you used to be there and they didn’t want to bring you back,” Lewis said. “That’s what happens when you go cheap. You get your ass kicked.”
Lewis signed a four-year, $23 million deal with Tennessee earlier this year, a deal he never could have gotten in New England.
Tom Brady’s response: ‘I give them credit’
Poking the Patriots bear always seems like a bad idea, and it’s likely this will come back to bite future New England opponents, but for now, the Patriots just have to take it. On his weekly WEEI segment, Tom Brady struck an “oh, well” note.
“It’s an emotional thing. I think people have different emotional feelings,” he said. “Dion had a great career here. It’s hard to see great players go and I know it’s not the first time it’s happened, it has happened to a lot of guys. I am sure when they go to different places they want to beat us, absolutely. I can understand that emotion. We’ve had guys come from other teams and they have wanted to beat that team. It’s just part of the sport.”
Naturally, anyone expecting Brady to air out any grievances on-air and not on the field went away disappointed. “I give them credit, they beat us. When you win, you can say a lot of things. That is the reality of winning. We’ll just take our lumps and try and learn from them. And come out here and do a lot better job the next six weeks.”
Somehow we think the Patriots are going to be fine, but you can bet that every opponent from here forward will be studying that Titans tape like it’s gospel.
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