After the Patriots demolished the Texans 42-14 in a Monday Night win back on December 10th, some Patriots fans feel good about their matchup with that same team in the Divisional round of the playoffs.
Some esteemed Boston Globe columnists feel EXTREMELY good about it..
Dan Shaugnessy wrote a column today absolutely blasting the Texans and calling them frauds.
For what it's worth, Shaugnessy did correctly call the last game between the Texans and Patriots as a blow out. Then again, he also called the 2004 Red Sox frauds, and they went on to win the World Series.
Texans' running back Arian Foster obviously took exception to what Shaugnessy had to say. He made an excerpt of the column his avatar on twitter.
As if the Texans didn't have enough fuel for this weekend. They've been really embracing the "nobody believes in us" factor, which is very real and not to be underestimated. Patriots fans witnessed the "nobody believes in us" in full force two years ago when the New York Jets upset them in the divisional round at Gillette. Ironically, the Patriots had also destroyed them on Monday Night football a month earlier.
The Patriots have not been saying anything negative about the Texans. They've just been stressing that the game from a month ago has no bearing on this week.
Still, I never like it when everyone in the media is leaning to one side. Take last week for example, very few were picking the Texans to beat the Bengals. For some reason. We saw how that worked out.
I still think the Texans are a good team. They've got the defensive player of the year and one of the top running backs in the league. They were the number one seed in the AFC for 16 weeks for a reason. There's also a reason they slipped out of that spot though.
This won't be an easy game.
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