I really can't come up with any possible reason why any player on the Texans would think they were better than the Patriots. After the first game, which the Texans lost 42-14, I was of the mind that maybe the Texans weren't as bad as that seemed. Then, in the playoffs, the Texans held the Patriots to just one fewer point.

I think that speaks for itself and proved to the league who the better team was. Apparently it proved nothing to Joseph.

“Obviously we had the right guys in here to win 13 ballgames to get up to that point,” Joseph said on Monday, the day the Texans cleaned out their lockers. “For whatever reason, we didn’t advance. I still can’t put that over because I think we were a better team. I think we just didn’t make the plays at the right time.”

Joseph, heading to his second Pro Bowl in as many years, is a part of a secondary that Tom Brady called one of the best units in the league. Then, of course, Brady torched that same unit for the second time this season. In two games against the Texans, Brady passed for 640 yards and seven touchdowns with zero interceptions.

“Not at all,” Joseph said when asked if the gap between the Texans and Patriots isn’t that big. “Just four or five plays. You take a few of those plays that they made and go the other way, it’s a different ballgame.”

I'll buy into the fact that one game doesn't tell a definitive story about two teams. Anything can happen on any given Sunday. But when you play a team twice, and virtually get the same result, that's kind of telling.

Houston is probably a more balanced team all around. They've got elite talent at running back, they have an elite wide receiver, the best defensive lineman in the game, all of it. However, they don't have the coach and the quarterback. In this league, those are the two most important elements.

They're also pretty limited offensively. They literally only have two weapons. If you take Foster away, you can let Schaub play catch with Andre Johnson all day they still won't score many points. That's what we saw play out in both games.

Better than the Patriots? Obviously not, but hey, I guess you have to have faith in your team.

Unknown 1/16/2013 12:58:00 PM Edit

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