Game 1...Season Opener...New England Patriots!

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  1. JamTex

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    On Sunday September 9th, 2018 at 12:00 pm our Texans will travel to New England to take on the Patriots at Gillette Stadium for the first game of the 2018 season. The game will be aired on TV on CBS 11 and on the radio on Sports Talk 610 am.
    We finally get to kick off the season with a real game. This should be an exciting one.

    For your Houston Texans:
    On offense, this is the projected starting line up.
    WR DeAndre Hopkins
    LT Julie'n Davenport
    LG Senio Kelemete
    C Nick Martin
    RG Zach Fulton
    RT Seantrel Henderson
    TE Ryan Griffin
    WR2 Will Fuller V
    QB Deshaun Watson
    RB Lamar Miller
    RB Alfred Blue
    On defense, this is the projected starting line up.
    RDE Christian Covington
    NT D.J. Reader
    LDE J.J. Watt
    SAM Whitney Mercilus
    MIKE Benardrick McKinney
    WILL Zach Cunningham
    JACK Jadeveon Clowney
    LCB Johnathan Joseph
    RCB Kevin Johnson
    FS Tyrann Mathieu
    SS Kareem Jackson
    This incredible line up will be going against this projected starting line up for the New England Patriots:
    On offense, this is their projected starting line up.
    WR Chris Hogan
    LT Trent Brown
    LG Joe Thuney
    C David Andrews
    RG Shaq Mason
    RT Marcus Cannon
    TE Rob Gronkowski
    WRPhillip Dorsett
    QB Tom Brady
    RB Rex Burkhead
    RB James White
    On defense, This is their projected starting line up.
    LDE Trey Flowers
    DT Lawrence Guy
    DT Malcom Brown
    RDE Adrian Clayborn
    LB Dont'a Hightower
    LB Elandon Roberts
    LB Kyle Van Noy
    RCB Stephon Gilmore
    LCB Eric Rowe
    S Patrick Chung
    S Devin McCourty

    There are 4 areas that the Patriots have a possible advantage.
    1) Quarterback. Tom Brady is the Greatest Of All Time.
    2) Tight End. Gronkowski is almost unstoppable.
    3) Offensive line. This could be debated since both are untested at this time, but the Texans line has to prove itself and protect Watson as well as open up some running lanes for the backs.
    4) Running back. Burkhead can prove to be a powerful hand full.

    The Texans have more then enough to offset the disadvantages.

    The wide receiver position should be a huge advantage to the Texans. With Edelman out for the Patriots, this leaves only one proven receiving threat for the Patriots in Gronk.
    Our Texans have Hopkins, Fuller, Griffin and L. Miller out of the backfield. The advantage goes to the Texans here.

    On defense, the Patriots just don't have anyone that stacks up with Watt, Clowney, Mercilus, McKinney or Mathieu. The advantage has got to go to the Texans on defense.

    I believe that the Texans defense is more complete and will give the Patriots offense a tremendous problem. Brady just might be running for his life most of the game. We'll see him get frustrated and when he does, mistakes.

    I don't think the Patriots defense will be able to handle the weapons that Deshaun has at his disposal, or the legs he himself has.

    Last year, Deshaun faced a stronger Patriots team then they are fielding in this first game, and almost beat them. Without Edelman, Tom will only have one of his real go to guys in Gronk.
    I fully expect Romeo to throw some looks and coverages at Gronk that will take him away. That will leave Burkhead and I just don't think he can run away with the game. Deshaun won't be denied in this one.

    Houston is going to go into Gillette Stadium and shock the ever so powerful Patriots in a big way.

    Houston 34
    Patriots 17

    GO TEXANS!!!
     
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  2. Thorn

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    Because the Texans are rather loaded with talent (except for the o-line) and *currently* healthy, it wouldn't surprise me at all to see them drub the Patsies. But I've learned to expect nothing from the Texans and take what they give me instead. We'll see.
     
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    Line is -6.5
     
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    I'm feeling pretty dang confidant about our D, so much so that it makes me a bit uneasy.
    I really dunno 'bout Watson, so I just don't know what to think about our offense right now ?
    But I'm really looking forward to see how we do vs Brady & Belichick this time ?
     
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    Yeah as a fan, I hate it when they make us grab our ankles out on the "NFL front lawn" for everyone to see.. embarrassing.
     
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    The Texans seem like a really difficult match up for this current Pats team in week one. The Pats play the Jags in week two which is going to be another awful match up for them this early in the season. Its not unprobable at all that the Pats start off the season 0-2 this year. They've got a lot of new guys on both sides of the ball and learning their systems take more time than most other teams. They didn't replace their previous talent with studs either.
     
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    I suspect we take this one and I have a feeling it won't be all that close.
     
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  8. Texansphan

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    They may well miss Matt P on D.
    Still, TB looks in ominous form and he makes any O he is in charge of look good.
    If there is any chink in the Texans D armor, he will find it.
     
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    I disagree that they have an advantage at QB. I'm tired of everyone always hugging Tom Brady's nuts. Give me DW any day of the week.
     
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    Um, his nuts are hugged because he'll go down as one of, if not the greatest of all time, and he's shown no signs of slowing down if his 4,500 yards and 8th SB appearance last year are any indication.

    Watson has played all of 6 1/2 games.
     


  11. usernameJJ

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    But I hate him
     
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  12. Bulls on Parade

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    Speedy, I agree with you.

    But, what about deflate-gate?
    Tom Brady lied don't you think?

    His all-time legacy takes a bit of a hit, IMO.

    His Super Bowl record is what... 5-3?
    If the Falcons hadn't choked it would be 4-4.
    Or if the Seahawks called a Marshawn run, it's 3-5.

    And the other three SB wins were nailbiters also.
    I give just as much credit to the Patriots kicker!
    And their defense made so many big plays also.
    Otherwise Tom Brady is likely 2-6 or 1-7 in Super Bowls.

    I'll always recognize Tom Brady as an all-time great.
    But I always have to second guess his legacy, unfortunately.
     
  13. IDEXAN

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    Edo is flashing some 'tude. Ok man I hope you are right about this call.
     
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    Bulls on Parade 2017 Astros: Earn It!

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    Even when Tom Brady had a powerhouse team in 2007 with weapons galore, like Randy Moss and Wes Welker dominating the statistics beyond imagination, he went 16-0 and even 18-0 I should say, but still lost the Super Bowl that year. He couldn't do much against a great pass rush that the New York Giants had.

    In every Super Bowl that Tom Brady played in. There was always doubt in my mind as to whether or not the Patriots would win. Except for maybe against Donovan McNabb's Eagles, and even that game was close! Terrell Owens had a monster game playing with one good knee.
     
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    The Texans came within one yard short of beating the Patriots on the road for the first time last season. This time we'll finally win at Foxborough!

    Texans 37, Patriots 34

    Deshaun will out-shine Brady in a shootout.

    And even then I hope I'm wrong. I want our defense to shine.
    Giving up 34 points would be way too much...

    I could also envision our defense knocking Brady out in this game. Tom Brady isn't a spring chicken anymore. He's long in the tooth. One or two big hits and he could be done. Luckily for Brady the current rules sort of diminish how hard or how dirty a defense can hit. So this won't be like the Giants knocking out Joe Montana back in 1990 with some vicious hits.
     
  16. Texecutioner

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    Fine, but you sound foolish.
     
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    And that goes for any close playoff game. The fact that he's always in it, and always in the AFC championship ought to tell anyone with a brain that there is a reason for that. All of a sudden close games mean you didn't really win? Obvious signs of someone whose team lost many times to this man. ^^
     
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    And this is exactly why I would not have kicked that field goal last year. You give me a choice of getting one yard for the win, or giving Brady the ball and having to stop him for the win, and I want to go for the one yard. And I don't want to give it to Miller up the middle. I want Watson on a bootleg or roll out with an option to throw it.

    We should have done this on 3rd down. Then, we would have had two shots at a single yard to win the game, against Brady, in Foxboro.

    And I know conventional NFL wisdom says you take the three there and make them have to score. And against a lot of teams, I agree. But not against Brady, on the road. You have to be aggressive and go take these games from these guys, not play traditional and safe.
     
  19. Texecutioner

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    Plus, Brady had been torching them and there was no reason to think that he was just going to go 3 and out.
     
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    This could be a sloppy game for both teams. I'm thinking RAC and his defense will be the difference in this one.
     
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