Texans Look to Avenge Loss Vs Patriots

Do The Texans Have What it Takes?

1/9/13 in NFL   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Jan 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) celebrates with Chris Myers (55) after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Reliant Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY SportsThe last time the two teams met up on the National stage, the Texans were coming in with an 11-1 record and a 6-game win streak.  That didn’t make much of a difference to New England, who proceeded to drop 42 points behind 4 touchdown passes from Tom Brady.  And now it’s time for round two.
 
You could say it has been a tale of two seasons for a lot of teams this year, but it’s hard to think of a team that fits the description more than Houston.  Opening the season with 5 straight wins, they were on top of almost everybody’s power rankings.  They’d scored 23 or more in all of their first 5 games and had allowed over 17 points just once (25 to Denver in a 31-25 win).  Then a blowout loss to Green Bay brought the Texans back down.  There was no question that the team was still playoff bound, but whether they were legitimately a title contender was up in the air.
 
Yet they rebounded perfectly, routing the Ravens 43-13, then winning 5 more in a row after that.  But a Monday night game in New England gave Houston their second loss of the season, and they proceeded to lose 2 of their final 3 games after that.
 
It wasn’t just the fact that they’d closed out their season losing three out of four, it was how poorly they’d played in those three losses.  After losing 42-14 to the Patriots, the Texans just needed to win two of their last three games to clinch a first-round bye.  They took down Indianapolis at home in relatively convincing fashion at home, 29-17, but when Minnesota came to town, the Texans got absolutely blanked, 23-6.  Arian Foster left the game about half-way through the third, but even before that he’d only gained 15 yards on 10 attempts and had lost a fumble.  And Matt Schaub couldn’t get over the 200 mark on the day.
 
One week later, they faced those same Colts again.  But this time around, the Colts came out on top, 28-16, dropping the Texans into the 3rd seed in the playoffs.
 
Last year, the Texans lost their second round matchup 20-13 to the Ravens and this year they’re at risk for another second round exit unless they can prove they belong with the league’s best.  They’re 3-4 this season against teams that made the playoffs and even though that 9-0 against non-playoff teams makes that end-of-the-year record look awfully nice, it won’t mean nothing if Schaub and Foster and company can’t hold their own when the games matter most.
 
The Texans need to come out of the gates firing this Sunday, make their presence known on the scoreboard early.  It’s unlikely the Patriots will be held under 20 points on their home turf, so if the Texans are able to make a game out of it, we’re likely to see a shootout in New England this weekend. 
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1/13/13   |   Scott   |   49508 respect

w_g_walters wrote:
This is exactly what I've been saying. The Texans beat the Bengals because Foster had more, longer runs than he usually has all year. You have to balance your running and passing games, and the Texans didn't do that from the Bears game through the rest of the season. The problem is that Brady knows how to face a defense, and he showed the league how to beat J.J. Watt: Avoid him. Expect more of the same.

Bottom line: If Foster has another game like he did last week, this will be a close game.

Texans are still going to have to try to find a way to score touchdowns.  Foster could run for 200 yards against New England but it's not going to matter if they only score 19 points like they did against the Bengals.  Houston has to do a better job of surviving the initial onslaught and they must match the Patriots point for point and hope their defense finds a way to make a stop before the game gets out of hand.

1/12/13   |   w_g_walters   |   221 respect

randalk1212 wrote:
The Texans definitely have what it takes to win this game, but Foster has to have a big game for that to happen.  The Texans running game will help keep Brady and the Patriots offense off the field.  I’m expecting a much better game than last time these teams played, and I can’t wait to see if the Texans find a way to win.  I have to work my shift at DISH during the game though, so I’m going to record it on my DISH Hopper.  I love that my DVR can record and store up to 2,000 hours of entertainment so I never have to worry about missing a game.

This is exactly what I've been saying. The Texans beat the Bengals because Foster had more, longer runs than he usually has all year. You have to balance your running and passing games, and the Texans didn't do that from the Bears game through the rest of the season. The problem is that Brady knows how to face a defense, and he showed the league how to beat J.J. Watt: Avoid him. Expect more of the same.

Bottom line: If Foster has another game like he did last week, this will be a close game.

1/12/13   |   Debi_L   |   11288 respect

Sometimes I almost hate the playoffs.  I have teams I absolutely hate, of course, but other teams I want to do well, and both the Pats and the Texans fit in that category.  Do I think the Texans can pull off the win?  Sadly, no, I don't.  I don't know if their success early in the season was peaking too early, or what it was, but they just don't look like the same team and I think the Pats will prevail.

1/11/13   |   ohwell_   |   16139 respect

Nope

1/11/13   |   Yosefederation   |   111 respect

give you texans and 12 riight now. Don't know the line,but thats my offer :)

1/10/13   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Hope they can make it competitive too, especially after that ridiculous Shaughnessy article in the Boston Globe: http://www.faniq.com/blog/Arian-Foster-uses-Dan-Shaughnessy-column-for-his-twitter-avatar-Blog-60164

1/10/13   |   Scott   |   49508 respect

The saying "Any Given Sunday" certainly could describe the Texans chances to win in Foxboro but they'll have to play a perfect game offensively in order to pull off the upset.

1/10/13   |   ZenoCosini   |   5 respect

I hope I'm wrong and it's a competitive game, but my feeling is that New England is going to win pretty easily.

1/9/13   |   randalk1212   |   2 respect

The Texans definitely have what it takes to win this game, but Foster has to have a big game for that to happen.  The Texans running game will help keep Brady and the Patriots offense off the field.  I’m expecting a much better game than last time these teams played, and I can’t wait to see if the Texans find a way to win.  I have to work my shift at DISH during the game though, so I’m going to record it on my DISH Hopper.  I love that my DVR can record and store up to 2,000 hours of entertainment so I never have to worry about missing a game.