The Houston Texans will take on the New England Patriots this Sunday in prime-time fashion their opponent has the highest win percentage against them. What?
The Houston Texans will be partaking in the most important matchup of the season as they take on the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium this Sunday. Our team has a ton of talent and they certainly have the goods to beat the Pats, to which they’ve done only once in the existence of the franchise since 2002.
O’Brien will be facing his mentor, the guy that helped him get his coaching opportunity at the professional level and still has yet to beat since taking over the reins for the Houston Texans back in 2014. some six seasons ago.
I think that O’Brien has as much of an opportunity as ever to go out and prove that he can beat Pats with the plethora of talent that he has on board. But the thing is that Belichick is one slick fish and it’s going to take O’Brien to give his strongest performance that he’s ever had in order for this happen.
Two seasons ago, the Houston Texans came close to doing so and if it wasn’t for Brandin Cooks‘ remarkable catch and the team being powerless to Brady’s relentless march downfield, this conversation would’ve been slightly different.
But the stage is set, the lights will be bright; and hopefully, the lid will be open on NRG Stadium as a perfect backdrop to hopefully an exciting game.
Who am I kidding? They never open that roof for anything. Unless you’re Lady Gaga flying in on a wire, who was the headliner for the Super Bowl halftime performance back in 2017 when H-Town hosted the ballyhooed festivities.
I’d like to point out the Pats are 10-1 all-time against the Houston Texans for a .909 winning percentage, the highest of any team that they’ve played in franchise history. All of those wins have come during Brady-era.
The closest team to that mark is the Jacksonville Jaguars (.875), so it’s safe to say that the Pats have owned at least half of the AFC South over the years.
The one win that the Houston Texans were able to nab was back Jan. 3, 2010 during Week 17 —
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actually part of the 2009 season — where the Pats had already clinched a playoff spot and it was a rather meaningless game that had Brady sit out a few possessions including the last one of the game. They beat the Pats 34-27.
The Texans were down by 14 points in the fourth quarter before Arian Foster went nuts to help the team complete three unanswered scores, including the go-ahead to put them up for good and cement the one win the team has in history, with the game being held at NRG Stadium.
Foster had two of the three unanswered and Bernard Pollard — I miss that guy — recovered a fumble to get the other.
So the Texans have a lot of work to do to make inroads at such a gaudy record but I think now is the best chance as ever to nip things in the bud.
Despite the Pats having reportedly eight players with the flu — to which I think that was strategically leaked to try to change the narrative if the Texans actually win this game — they’re going to be a tough team to tango with.
I can’t wait for Sunday — let’s go Texans!