The Texans have the No. 1-ranked defense based on the fewest yards allowed; they have Jadeveon Clowney; and they also have Patriots’ ties. Head coach Bill O’Brien, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, special teams coordinator Larry Izzo and linebackers coach Mike Vrabel were all connected to the Patriots organization at a time in their careers. So, they are all familiar with The Patriot Way.
And Tom Brady is also very familiar with the Texans’ defense, as he mentioned that he studied them all day Sunday.
“They have a damn good defense,” Brady said, “There is nothing easy about this game for our offense. We’re going to go grind it out. We have to get our mind right, and we will.”
The Patriots are focused and ready to have another good week of practice before the Saturday night showdown.
“We put everything into it this week,” Brady said, “We empty the tank in our practices, which we always do, and then you come out the end of the week with confidence and ready to go out there and show everyone that we’re prepared and we can play.”