Houston Writer Says "Texans Are Better Than Pats"

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    Houston Writer Says "Texans Are Better Than Pats"

         Here's his article:

         TEXANS-PATRIOTS REMATCH WILL BE DIFFERENT THAN FIRST GO-ROUND

    By Jerome Solomon 

    Yes, that means I am picking the Texans to beat the Patriots on Sunday.

    It’s not about being hardheaded, either. Well, in a way it is, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.

    The Texans were better than the Patriots through the first 12 games of the season. The Patriots were a lot better one night in December. That’s history. The Texans simply have to be better on Sunday.

    Of course, the Texans haven’t been the same team since that 42-14 pounding they took in Foxboro. So why would I think they can win there now?

    Because the Texans are the better team.

    It wasn’t about matchups that night. How do we know much about matchups when only one team showed up to play? It was about mentality, and the Texans weren’t mentally ready to play in that environment. The Patriots were.

     

    I like Houston’s mentality this time. That and the missing parts from that first game that won’t be missing this weekend should change the game significantly.

    I’m not going to tell you that the Texans interior offensive line will manhandle Vince Wilfork. That won’t happen. I’m not going to tell you the Bulls of Parade will have Tom Brady shaking in his cleats? That won’t happen either.

    But I will tell you that the Texans team you will see Sunday won’t be the one you saw on Dec. 10. Not even close.

    The Texans not showing up was probably more important to the final score than their not having players who couldn’t play due to injuries, but having Derek Newton at right tackle instead of Ryan Harris and having Garrett Graham and Brooks Reed on the field will be huge for Houston.

    Harris had a horrible night, which resulted in Matt Schaub getting hit (seven times) and sacked (twice) more than he should have, which led to Schaub becoming jittery, which … well, you saw what happened.

    Schaub has looked like a different quarterback since that game. If he is calm in the pocket and patient, there are plays to be made downfield against the Patriots’ secondary. There will be open receivers. He just has to pick them out and get the ball to them. Given more time, he should be able to do that.

    I guarantee you Arian Foster will have a better day than he did the last time. He had 46 yards? Please. He’s likely to have that in the first quarter Sunday.

    The Texans offense should move the ball and put up points.

    I won’t lie to you and say they will figure out a way to fix their red zone issues, but I expect them to have plenty scoring chances in this one. They had some early ones last time, and instead of settling for field goals they got nothing. Obviously they can’t waste many opportunities.

    There is no reason to believe the Texans special teams issues won’t continue to be poor, but at least Danieal Manning gives them a shot at a big kickoff return. The guy is an exceptional runner and smart. He has studied what the Patriots do in coverage, they are good. He might not go Trindon Holliday on them, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him come close to breaking one.

    “We’re not worried about what they’re good at, we have to be good at what we’re good at,” Manning said.

    Regardless, this won’t be a game of field position as much as it will be a game of points. Both of these teams can put together long scoring drives, but the one that gets and converts more short fields will win.

    Defensively, the Texans’ secondary has to, and will, play better than it did the last time against Tom Brady and Co. Johnathan Joseph is healthy – “Night and day,” is how he describes his health then and now – which will make a tremendous difference. Brandon Harris has some reps now, so he is better. Not good, though he had a pretty solid game against the Bengals, but certainly not terrible as he was the last time the teams met.

    Better early coverage should give the line more time to get after Brady. People always talk about how quickly he gets rid of the ball, but that isn’t the case if guys are covered.

    Rob Gronkowski will be hard to handle, no doubt, but the Patriots moved the ball with such ease without him in the lineup. Things won’t come as easy this time around.

    It is a concern that the Bulls on Parade will be so intent on playing better pass defense that Ridley might have a good day running the ball, but that’s OK. Better his 4.5 yards per rush than Brady ripping off 20-yard chunks at will.

    A few early third-down stops could set the tone.

    The last possession of the first half and first possession of the second half will be particularly important. The Patriots are so good in two- and one-minute offense that they often double down on teams with a score just before the half, then another to start the third quarter. Houston needs to be the team that pulls that off.

    Belichick and Brady can come out of the half with a near knockout blow if you let ‘em.

    The whipping New England put on the Texans was so thorough that many didn’t even pay attention to what actually happened. I’ve heard this week that Aqib Talib shut down Johnson, though Dre’ had eight catches for 95 yards. I’ve heard that J.J. Watt was invisible, though he hit Brady more than all but one opponent did this season.

    Many don’t think the Texans have a chance. I get that.

    But aside from not scoring touchdowns in the red zone to turn the game into a route, the Texans looked a lot like the team they were earlier in the season against Cincinnati. I expect them to look that way again on Sunday.

    They will show up.

    Then we’ll see how the Patriots matchup with the Texans.

    It should be a good one.

    Texans 30, Patriots 28.

    http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2013/01/texans-patriots-rematch-will-be-different-than-first-go-round/

     
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    Re: Houston Writer Says

    Maybe he knows that the entire NE first team has the flu and is doubtful for todays game?

     
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    Re: Houston Writer Says

    Rob Gronkowski will be hard to handle, no doubt, but the Patriots moved the ball with such ease without him in the lineup. Things won't come as easy this time around.

    What? Does this logic seem strange to any one else?

    Patriots moved the ball easily without Gronk. Now that Gronk is back, we will have a tougher time moving the ball?

    I know this is a Texans article, and it's not exactly shocking that a Texans writer would support the Texans team. However, it'd be nice to see some actual thought and explanation behind a statement as bold as this one. This article reminds me of the one written by Shaughnessy, and that's not someone whose work you'd want to imitate.

     
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    Re: Houston Writer Says

    The writter probably wishes he was in NE so he could write truthful articles.  What a bonehead!

     
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    In response to kevin13130's comment:
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    Rob Gronkowski will be hard to handle, no doubt, but the Patriots moved the ball with such ease without him in the lineup. Things won't come as easy this time around.

    What? Does this logic seem strange to any one else?

    Patriots moved the ball easily without Gronk. Now that Gronk is back, we will have a tougher time moving the ball?

    I know this is a Texans article, and it's not exactly shocking that a Texans writer would support the Texans team. However, it'd be nice to see some actual thought and explanation behind a statement as bold as this one. This article reminds me of the one written by Shaughnessy, and that's not someone whose work you'd want to imitate.

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    Hahaha. I get it! It's like the old "too much of a good thing" argument. The Pats rolled them last time, and now Brady has ANOTHER top option...so obviously, he's going to stand back there and freeze while being unsure of which wide open, pro bowl caliber player should be getting the ball!

     
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    Re: Houston Writer Says

    Not sure he watched the same game as most of Amercia did? cleary they're not the better team...they hd a better record, true, but have been exposed...

     
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    Re: Houston Writer Says

    Can Houston win?  Yes absolutely.  That's why they play the games and say such things as "On any given Sunday".  And they are a very good team afterall.  Are they the better team however?  You would have to be both a die hard Houston fan and blind to say that with conviction. 

     
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    In response to kevin13130's comment:
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    Rob Gronkowski will be hard to handle, no doubt, but the Patriots moved the ball with such ease without him in the lineup. Things won't come as easy this time around.

    What? Does this logic seem strange to any one else?

    Patriots moved the ball easily without Gronk. Now that Gronk is back, we will have a tougher time moving the ball?

    I know this is a Texans article, and it's not exactly shocking that a Texans writer would support the Texans team. However, it'd be nice to see some actual thought and explanation behind a statement as bold as this one. This article reminds me of the one written by Shaughnessy, and that's not someone whose work you'd want to imitate.

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    +1

     
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    In response to ma6dragon9's comment:
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    In response to kevin13130's comment:
    [QUOTE]

    Rob Gronkowski will be hard to handle, no doubt, but the Patriots moved the ball with such ease without him in the lineup. Things won't come as easy this time around.

    What? Does this logic seem strange to any one else?

    Patriots moved the ball easily without Gronk. Now that Gronk is back, we will have a tougher time moving the ball?

    I know this is a Texans article, and it's not exactly shocking that a Texans writer would support the Texans team. However, it'd be nice to see some actual thought and explanation behind a statement as bold as this one. This article reminds me of the one written by Shaughnessy, and that's not someone whose work you'd want to imitate.

    [/QUOTE]


    Hahaha. I get it! It's like the old "too much of a good thing" argument. The Pats rolled them last time, and now Brady has ANOTHER top option...so obviously, he's going to stand back there and freeze while being unsure of which wide open, pro bowl caliber player should be getting the ball!

    [/QUOTE]

    You know what, that's probably it. He really should have cleared that up in the article.

    Quick, someone needs to warn Bill not to play Gronk! Our offense is going to suck with him in the lineup.

     
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    Re: Houston Writer Says

    That made no sense at all we slower with Gronk?

     
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    Re: Houston Writer Says

    In response to kevin13130's comment:
    [QUOTE]

    Rob Gronkowski will be hard to handle, no doubt, but the Patriots moved the ball with such ease without him in the lineup. Things won't come as easy this time around.

    What? Does this logic seem strange to any one else?

    Patriots moved the ball easily without Gronk. Now that Gronk is back, we will have a tougher time moving the ball?

    I know this is a Texans article, and it's not exactly shocking that a Texans writer would support the Texans team. However, it'd be nice to see some actual thought and explanation behind a statement as bold as this one. This article reminds me of the one written by Shaughnessy, and that's not someone whose work you'd want to imitate.

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         Maybe it was ghost-written by the objective LaDainian Tomlinson? LOL!!!!

     

     
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    In response to kevin13130's comment:
    [QUOTE]

    Rob Gronkowski will be hard to handle, no doubt, but the Patriots moved the ball with such ease without him in the lineup. Things won't come as easy this time around.

    What? Does this logic seem strange to any one else?

    Patriots moved the ball easily without Gronk. Now that Gronk is back, we will have a tougher time moving the ball?

    I know this is a Texans article, and it's not exactly shocking that a Texans writer would support the Texans team. However, it'd be nice to see some actual thought and explanation behind a statement as bold as this one. This article reminds me of the one written by Shaughnessy, and that's not someone whose work you'd want to imitate.

    [/QUOTE]


    First thing I really started laughing about. Before that it was mostly chuckles.

     
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    Re: Houston Writer Says

    Houston writer is just one of those folks, who'll go on a limb with a crazy prediction.  If they're right - hozzah's around.  If they're wrong, no one remembers.  Look, I think it's going to be a closer game than last time as I've always felt that the 2nd time teams play, the losers of the first game stand to learn more than the winners.  Also, I can't imagine Houston playing worse - I mean, they stunk - and I don't know if we can play much better.  So assuming both teams trend towards their norms, it should be a closer game.  But hey, I'm hoping for a blowout Pats win - a guy can wish can't he?  I got a funny feeling Tom's going to have a great day - can't explain why, I just sense it.  Guys like him probably get sick and tired of having another player (in this case Manning) get all the love.  He won't say it out loud, but I bet he's thinking about it.  He knows darn well that an epic performance will further distance himself from Peyton and that a win means a AFT championship game at home.  Houston can be motivated all they want - I think the Pats will be more so. 

     
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    Re: Houston Writer Says

    so after all that confidence, he picked the texans to win by two points? lame

     
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    so after all that confidence, he picked the texans to win by two points? lame

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         LOL!!! Yeah...he could have picked them by at least a FG. Hope the Pats are ready to rock!

     

     
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    Re: Houston Writer Says

    Solomon is an ex-Globe flunkie who found a home in Houston.  He has an over inflated opion of himself and is always trying to "stir the pot."  I doubt even he believes the crap he writes but Houstonians eat it up.  He must have come from the same journalism school as that other crappy Globe writer (Dan whatshisname)

     

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