Patriots taking on some familiar faces in pursuit of 7th straight win

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NASHVILLE (WPRI) — The Patriots are in Nashville on Sunday looking head into the bye week as winners of seven straight games.

For the first time in his career, Bill Belichick will coach against one of his former players, Mike Vrabel, who is in his first year as head coach of the Tennessee Titans.

Vrabel was a star linebacker for New England from 2001-2008 and won three Super Bowls during his tenure.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be televised live on WPRI 12. 

Here are some notes and quotes from Gillette Stadium this week that will set the table before kickoff:

Notes:

With 401 passing yards against the Titans, Tom Brady would become the NFL’s all-time leading passer (regular and postseason).

Cordarrelle Patterson is two rushing touchdowns shy of tying the league’s all-time record for rushing touchdowns by a wide receiver.

With one interception, Devin McCourty will tie Asante Samuel and move into the top 10 for most interceptions in franchise history. 

Quotes: 

Bill Belichick on facing former Patriots LB and first-year Titans head coach Mike Vrabel: “Mike’s got a lot of great qualities – great player, tough mentally and physically, smart, had a real passion for the game, was in great condition, could go all day, loved to play, loved to practice, great leadership. So, I think all those things transferred when he went to coach at Ohio State and then down to Houston and now Nashville. I have a ton of respect for Mike and I think he’s been a great coach. I think he’ll be a great head coach.”

James White on facing the Titans’ defense, one of the best statistical units in the NFL: “They’re good on every level – on the defensive line, at linebacker and in the secondary. They do what they do and they make plays. I think they’re the number one team in the red zone. They make it tough on you, they make you drive the football, they make you work for it. So you’ve got to be able to string together drives and protect the football, for sure.”

Julian Edelman on the Patriots’ red zone struggles and what it will take to be successful against the Titans: “It starts with practice. We have to go out and have a good week of practice. Take everything from the classroom and take it to the grass. Execute in practice … it allows you to sleep and go out and do it during the game.”

Remember – the game’s on 12! For pregame headlines, analysis, interviews and more – be sure to join New England Nation at 11:30 a.m. on WPRI 12, and stay with us for postgame coverage in the Patriots Wrap at 11:45 p.m.

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