It’s that time of the year again, NFL season opens in full on Sunday. Some might call it a national holiday, but for the Houston Texans, it is just another opportunity to try and beat the New England Patriots.
The official time and date is 1 PM on Sunday when Head Coach Bill O’Brien’s new season begins in Gillette Stadium. Many teams look forward to the challenge of playing the heavenly Patriots, but for Houston, it means a little more. Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the Pats have seemed to be the Texans’ Achilles heel. No matter how good Houston looks, they always lose to New England.
Who can forget the year they showed up in Foxborough in letterman jackets? Or the year they had Jadeveon Clowney and J.J Watt for the first time and planned to wreak havoc on Brady. We can even look back as recently as last year when Deshaun Watson played his butt off and almost pulled out the win in New England. Of course, Houston found a way to lose that game too.
For the Texans, Week 1 is not just opening week, this is bigger for them. If they can finally beat the Patriots it would give them confidence and credibility moving forward. It would show they can compete with anyone in the AFC. Everything is set up for the Texans; Watson is back and healthy, as is J.J Watt, and Whitney Mercilus. They also added Tyrann Mathieu, the Honey Badger, as part of the secondary and he’s already spoken about how he looks forward to facing Brady for the first time.
This could be the year to finally beat the Patriots. On paper, it might be the weakest team we’ve seen in New England in a while. Tight end Rob Gronkowski is great, but no other receiver scares you. The Patriots also have no significant pass rush so the questions about the Texans’ offensive line shouldn’t cause issues.
It’s time for Bill O’Brien to prove something this season and the Texans have a chance to make their mark against the Patriots. There are no more excuses, only results matter, and there is an upset brewing.
My prediction: Texans 24 Patriots 17