The Houston Texans came into Monday night as almost unanimously the number one team in the league, or at least the AFC.

The Patriots had heard enough about them.

Boston Herald:
”Obviously, we came into this game with a chip on our shoulders, everyone talking about the Houston Texans,” said Pats linebacker Jerod Mayo (left, photo by Matt Stone) following the Pats 42-14 blowout win over the Texans last night, ”and I think our defensive line went out there and played well . . . those guys played very well and kept us going in the backend.”

Jerod Mayo summoning his inner Rodney Harrison with a "nobody believed in us" type statement. The Pats responded in the best way possible, with a 42-14 beat down on Monday Night Football that included some fantastic New England defense.

I hope it keeps up and I hope the Patriots never lose that chip on their shoulder. Complacency = losing in the NFL. Just look at the Giants teams that have won Super bowls, they feed off the negative criticism.

Then on top of that, apparently an "anonymous Patriots player" dissed the Texans' letterman jackets they wore before the game.

"They're cute. They look like a high school swim team," an unnamed Patriots player told CBSsports.com after the game.

So what do you think? Is it a good thing if the Patriots feel a chip on their shoulder the rest of the season? Tell us in the comments below:

Michael Saver 12/11/2012 08:47:00 PM Edit

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