Originally Posted by Fiddler
Gronk & the slot receiver will be playing against our LBs, safeties, & Brandon Harris. It'll be 5 on two (Ruud, James, Quin, Manning, Harris vs Gronk & the slot). Gronk & the slot (Welker probably) will get there yards, they'll make their plays, but they're not going to be blowing the top off of anything. They'll have to earn their yards this time.
LB's covering Welker or Hernandez in the slot will be a serious mismatch. The Pats will spend all day in the red zone in that case. Even if you're able to slow them down in the red area, the odds are Brady will find Gronk down the seam, as they always seem to burn teams with that. If the Texans use the safety over the top to help with Gronk down the seam, it'll open up the running game in the red zone. Then you'll get Ridley on powers and dives or even Woodhead on screens. Your best hope IMO is that JJ Watt takes his game to an even higher level and gets Brady feeling the pressure. Then he won't have time to check down, and he'll force it to Gronk and possibly make a mistake.