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Bill Belichick gave a brilliant response when asked about the Titans strengths

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The New England Patriots are looking to reach their seventh successive AFC Championship game this weekend. 

But standing in their way are the Tennessee Titans, who have reached the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Unsurprisingly, the Patriots, who had a first-round bye and home advantage, are the favourites ahead of Saturday's game. 

The only problem is that tensions are running high in New England after an ESPN report looks to have unsettled quarterback Tom Brady, head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft. 

Controversy surrounding the trade of Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Fransisco 49ers and reported rifts between those three have led to links between Belichick and the New York Giants.

Those are links, of course, that he denies. But you'd have thought that they'd still to be distracting for the franchise, especially at a crucial time in the season. 

However, heading into Saturday's game, Belichick appears more focused than ever and only has his eye on his next opponents.

When asked about what's stood out to him from seeing the Titans on film, Belichick gave an answer that proves why he's one of, if not the best coach in the NFL.

New England Patriots v Oakland Raiders

He gave a comprehensive, three and a half minute answer about how strong Saturday's opposition are. The Patriots coach even mentioned half the roster by name, picking out six members of the Titans special teams and all five cornerbacks. 

It's fair to say he's not underestimating his opposition. Check out his full answer below, that was tweeted by USA Today's Jason Wolf

As they continue to dominate the AFC together, Belichick and Brady are chasing their sixth Super Bowl win together. 

They've both appeared in seven world championships, losing only in 2007 and 2011. Now 40-years-old, veteran Brady will be hoping for even more glory before he retires. 

But should last week's ESPN report be believed, cracks may be appearing between the pair over the handling of the Garoppolo situation. 

New York Giants v New England Patriots

It's no secret that Belichick was desperate to keep his backup at the Patriots as a long-term replacement for Brady. 

And according to rumours, Kraft's decision to trade Garoppolo was made in part to keep his starting quarterback happy. 

That, again unsurprisingly, is something Brady has denied, as he was forced to respond to those rumours earlier this week. 

Atlanta Falcons v New England Patriots

Despite appearing focused, only Saturday's game will truly tell if the Patriots have dismissed these damaging reports, as the franchise goes in search of another playoff win against the Titans.  

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