Tom Brady and the Patriots left no doubt about their place in the AFC
After their 42-14 loss to the Patriots last night, there are suddenly a lot of questions about the Texans as legitimate contenders. Yes, they're better than most teams in football, but are they legitimate Super Bowl contenders?
Based on their dismantling at the hands of the Patriots, it's hard to be all that confident in them. Keep in mind that the Packers did almost the same thing to the Texans back in week 6, beating them 42-24.
The Texans have a solid pass rush, led by defensive Player of the Year candidate JJ Watt. They also have arguably the best running back in football in Arian Foster.
Unfortunately, when you have a QB who gets rid of the ball quickly and is able to carve up defenses like a Thanksgiving turkey, as Tom Brady tends to do, it neutralizes Watt and makes Foster almost irrelevant.
The Texans immediately fell behind, and therefore were unable to really get the running game moving at a level they're accustomed to.
The Texans are still a damn good team, and it wouldn't surprise anyone if they finished the season with the #1 seed and eventually hosted the AFC Championship game.
That having been said, the Patriots sent a very clear message to the rest of the AFC. The road to the Super Bowl goes through them. Next week, when they play the 49ers, they'll try to send the same message to one of the best teams in the NFC. We'll see how that works out.