It’s really easy to look at this Patriots vs Texans showdown this weekend and think it’s going to be a repeat of the last time these two teams met head to head. You remember, the one where Tom Brady and the Patriots blasted out to a 21-0 lead and just blew the Texans back to the Lone Star state with a 42-14 ass whipping to think about. Way too easy. But how far off the mark can it be?
For one thing, I wouldn’t expect New England to go into this thing lightly but I would expect the Patriots to be confident. Of course they’re saying all the right things.
“I think you learn from it,” Brady saif when asked. “You also understand things aren’t going to be the same. They’re going to see things that they’re working on that are going to be different for us this time around. We do the same thing.”
Really. OK, but let’s take a serious look at this. Houston relies heavily on their running game. The Patriots shut down Arian Foster like the Health Department at a hot dog stand under a bridge. In the end, Foster put up 47 yards against New England and that won’t be good enough this time. Expect Houston to improve on that.
Secondly, it’s just a simple fact that Matt Schaub just isn’t as impressive as Tom Brady, even when he’s hot. He’ll need plenty of help from his receivers if he expects to control the game. On the flip side, the secondary of the Texans is highly suspect. Which means the Houston defensive line has to bring their “A” game, something they didn’t in the last meeting. J.J. Watt was a non-entity. Not good news if he doesn’t get cranked up.
New England certainly has the edge in this game but that’s not to say the Texans won’t give them some trouble. In an emotional high stakes game anything can happen. It’s just that I don’t see enough happening for the Houston Texans to top the New England Patriots.
Patriots and Broncos in the AFC Championship.