FOXBOROUGH - While the Red Sox were “cowboying up” at Fenway Park yesterday, the Patriots were “knuckling up” at Gillette Stadium. That was their unofficial rallying cry last week. That is to say New England wasn’t going to back down against one of the league’s hardest-hitting teams. The Patriots came looking for a fight with the intention of taking it to Tennessee the way the Titans took it to them last December.
Truth is, the Patriots took personally all the chatter about how physical Tennessee is. They didn’t enjoy having folks come into their ‘hood and remind them of how badly they’d been beaten (24-7) in Nashville. It’s no wonder, then, the Patriots couldn’t wait to catch the Titans on the block.