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Malcolm Butler’s struggles rising ahead of matchup against old Patriots teammates

The Patriots come to Nissan Stadium this weekend, giving Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler his first crack at the team that benched him in last year's Super Bowl.

"It's just another game," Butler insisted Wednesday ahead of Sunday's game (noon, CBS).

Maybe so. But while he can deflect questions about facing his former team all he wants, there's no way to successfully gloss over what a dismal first eight games it has been for Butler in Nashville.

The 28-year-old CB, whom the Titans signed to a five-year, $61.25 million contract with $30 million guaranteed in March, has let up seven touchdowns this season, or half the total number of touchdowns this otherwise sparkling Titans defense has allowed. That figure is the worst in the NFL for a cornerback, according to Pro Football Focus. So is the 618 passing yards he has allowed. And so is the 39 catches he has allowed (Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby has also allowed a league-worst 39 catches for a CB).

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