ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws in NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Despite opening the season at home, the Tennessee Titans enter Week 1 as five-point underdogs to the defending AFC champion Patriots.
Tom Brady and company are once again expected to be the class of the AFC East and perhaps the entire conference, while the Titans are trying to break in a second-year quarterback and first-year starter. Jake Locker got the starting job instead of Matt Hasselbeck, outplaying the veteran throughout the preseason. The Washington product looked impressive at times in limited play last year, which perhaps made head coach Mike Munchak's choice a little easier.
For the Patriots, the addition of wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on offense, along with the draft picks of Dont'a Hightower and Chandler Jones on the defensive side of the ball, should serve as fortifications to a team already bursting at the seams with talent. One area to watch for coach Bill Belichick, however, could be the offensive line, which has had major struggles in August.