AFC Division game has Pats 16 point favorites.
The Houston Texans have heard all the talk before, but this week, it has a more urgency to it. While the Texans understand that the Patriots are the team to beat in the AFC, there is no doubt that Bill O’Brien and his club have every confidence that they can beat this Patriots team. Just ask former Patriot and current Texan Vince Wilfork.
“At this level, you have to be a tight-knit group in crunch time, in critical situations,” Wilfork said. “We’re in it right now. We’re in a playoff game and you have a shot to give yourself a chance to play for the Big Dance. We’re in that spot. So it will have no bearings on how we’ll go up there and how we’ll feel because of what somebody else said. We’re going to go out and play our tails off.”
Patriots coach Bill Belichick is of course downplaying the favorites status, as is his teams way, and kept a straight face when he said “This will be a big challenge for us this week…”
“This will be a big challenge for us this week to be able to compete with them.” ~Bill Bilichek~