In response to NCPatsFan1971's comment:
From Texas Pat
"RESPONSE: The Pats got beat by the Cards. Does that mean that the Patriots suck? Or, does it mean that they had a bad game, and a let down against a bad team. It happens. Let me also ppoint out that the Pats had lots of trouble containing QB Chad Henne too, when he played in Miami."
Of course it happens. But I think you missed my point. Most teams get lucky from time to time and perhaps they make their own luck. But the Texans have been pretty lucky. They could have very well been beaten by Jacksonville, and of course Detroit. The Detroit win was a give away by their coach. The Ravens are just like last year where they look like world beaters one week and look like a Pop Warner Team the next.
In any event, perhaps I'm being too optomistic here but I think the Pats will beat the Texans by more than 31/2 Points.
And the Pats were pretty lucky in edging out Mark Sanchez and the Jests, 29-26, in OT, at home. They also were lucky to beat the Bills at home. we can both do this type of "analysis" all day. It's meaningless. The good teams always seem to find a way to win, even when they're not at their best.
I hope you're right on your prediction. This is a huge, huge game for the Pats. It's huge not only for purposes of playoff seeding, but also for their psyche. The Pats haven't been winning the real big-time match-ups, the way they used to, in 2001-2004. I'd like nothing better than to see them win...and win going away.