Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Rosharon, TX
(3) Texans @ (2) Patriots 3:30. 1/13. **Official Divisional GameDay Thread**
The Run, Part II of IV
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One major reason the New England Patriots received a bye into this weekend's AFC divisional playoffs is their dominant performance in a rout of the Houston Texans last month.
Tom Brady and the league's highest-scoring team are heavily favored to do the same when these clubs meet Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Houston (13-4) seemed on track for the conference's top seed through most of the season before blowing that opportunity by losing three of its final four games, starting with a 42-14 defeat at New England on Dec. 10.
Brady threw touchdown passes on the first three drives for the high-powered Patriots (12-4), who bolted to a 21-0 lead and nullified the Texans' ability to control the game on the ground through Arian Foster.
"We know that our effort and how we performed last time wouldn't give us a chance against anybody on the road," Houston coach Gary Kubiak said. "It's about right now refocusing on all the things we have to do to go down there and have a chance to be successful, and I'm sure that's what they're thinking about."
Brady finished 21 of 35 for 296 yards and four TD passes in that contest even though New England was without an injured Rob Gronkowski, who finished tied for fourth in the NFL with 11 TD catches and is healthy now. The quarterback, who can pass Joe Montana by winning a record 17th postseason game Sunday, insists the Patriots won't be overconfident.
"I think you learn from it," said Brady, who guides a team averaging 34.8 points. "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."
Houston's vaunted pass rush produced 44 sacks for the league's fifth-highest total but dropped Brady just once. Defensive Player of the Year candidate J.J. Watt led the NFL with 20 1/2 sacks, but he had no sacks of Brady and just two tackles in the first matchup.
What I want to see:
Arian, Arian, and more Arian. Did I mention Arian?
Yep, that guy. Pound the rock 'til NE says use someone else; THEN RUN IT SOME MORE.
Pressure Brady with 4
One time, Romeo Crennel said "I need rushers". That was in the Super Bowl when he was DC for the Pats vs. the Rams. That's what we need today. The occasional blitz is fine, but we need to be able to get to Brady without blitzing, sometimes.
Time to unleash the fury, Matt
We all saw what Flacco did. Not talking about the deep balls, I'm talking about the not being scared part. Show these folks what you got, big homie. No turnovers, no mistakes, just pure efficiency.
No penalties that kill drives/extend them
Something that has killed us recently is just that. Special teams, I'm looking at you, as well. Let's play some clean football. It's a road game, so that is a MUST.
Bonus: Once again, BE LOUD!
At home, at work, at the auto mechanic getting your breaks looked at, whatever...BE LOUD. Get amped up for your squad, folks.
Let's do this ****, fam. I mean it IS the AFC Divisional Playoff, you know? But, that doesn't mean goals change. 1-0 every week; that's the goal. Last game don't mean NOTHING, so let's prove 'em all wrong. Go into Foxborough, get this W, and let's get our asses to the next round. LET'S MUTHA****IN' GO, TEXANS!!!!!!
I guess this is where I say.....