Fourth and most important, the loss left the 7-3 Patriots slotted in the AFC wild-card game if the regular season was to end today.
Although they're back on good terms, Sunday gave Vrabel a chance to defeat his former coach.
Vrabel, in his first season as the Titans coach, played eight seasons as a linebacker for Belichick before he was unceremoniously traded to Kansas City, and he conceded that he went nearly a year without talking to Belichick after the release.
"I didn't have to prove anything", he said. 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.
Vrabel, in his first season as an National Football League head coach, had his best years as a player with the Patriots.
The 28-year-old also said he shared the best way to beat his old team with his new one. "I know that you [can] be physical with them and let 'em have it and they'll fold".
"Going in, I knew I could win some of my battles today", Davis said. "When you go cheap, you get your ass kicked". "I am not sure the context of them", Belichick said, via WEEI.com. He's gone over 100 receiving yards in two of the last three games and has earned double-digit targets from Brady in all of those games as well. We can't give them easy yards. A few of his big runs came behind right guard Josh Kline, a fellow former New England player.
The Patriots, who are on their bye this week, finish with the Jets (road), Vikings (home), Dolphins (road), Steelers (road), Bills (home) and Jets (home). It's unusual when the other side knows you so well, and the book on their team is still developing because it's only year one of their program.
"We have to make a call on it one way or the other, " Belichick said.