This matchup was expected to be for the AFC title if you looked back just a month ago, but ever since the 4 TD beatdown (12/10/12) many have been waiting for a rematch.
At least Houston fans have because they believe they’re ready for this challenge and while the Monday Night matchup never had a chance, all the pressure this time is on the Pats.
Houston was expected to put up a fight and give New England all they could handle, and now they better be ready for a heavyweight battle after the first pasting they took.
Arian Foster was held to 46 yards on 15 carries the first time these two met, and now it simply comes down to starting out hot.
If Houston only gets two tackles and no sacks from All-Pro defender J.J. Watt, the Texans mine as well not even show up in this one.
Matt Schaub has serious questions in terms of winning the big game and this franchise would just like to appear in the AFC title so they can slowly start to make the doubters eat crow.
His defense is built like a Super Bowl team, and the offensive line has three Pro Bowlers that have been paving the way all year long.
Connor Barwin could be the difference maker in this matchup simply due to the fact that he is capable of coming off the edge and forcing havoc. He is arguably the most explosive player on this team after Watt, and they better harass Brady.
If not, this Texans secondary will be once again be left out to the dry and it will not end well.
Brandon Lloyd, Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski are finally back in unison, which is arguably the most talented unit in the NFL.
Regardless of the position, this may be the deepest and most talented of them all because they make your defense respect and cover every inch of the field.
Lloyd and Gronk can move the chains at will, but they are so explosive at beating you deep for the home run ball.
Welker and Hernandez are tremendous at extending plays for Brady because they have an incredible ability to find the open space on an opposing defense and just sit down in coverage.
Danieal Manning, Glover Quin, Kareem Jackson, Brandon Harris, Johnathan Joseph and Shiloh Keo better stay composed and stay a play ahead of Brady.
That is easier said than done, and even with a few stars on the Texans side this is a game that is leaning towards a moderate edge into the Pats favor.
Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern
Experts Pick: NE by 9.5
Danny V’s Pick: Patriots 35, Texans 20
Photo Credit: http://nesn.com/2012/12/patriots-stake-claim-as-afcs-best-team-by-blowing-out-team-with-afcs-best-record/