Patriots oust Texans, advance to another AFC title game

The loss in September also marked the last appearance this season for All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt (back surgery), but former No.1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney and the Texans decked Brady a few times early and Houston's top-ranked defense kept them in the game by halftime with two turnovers, also including a lost fumble by Lewis. He then immediately took a large wager on the Patriots from a wise-guy bettor known as a "sharp", and said the ensuing public action on the Patriots has more than doubled those betting on the Texans. That's when Tom went off on the refs and when Earl Thomas and Ray Lewis laid into him from the comfort of their homes while watching the game on TV!

The Texans wanted to play tight man coverage with their secondary and linebackers, and generate a lot of pressure with just three or four players up the middle ("They were dropping everyone", WR Julian Edelman said after the game). I will always show them love and they will do the same with me, no matter if it was down here or up there. They're able to lock down their roles and play at a high level for the entire game.

"There is a game to play. That's all they got going for them is Tom Brady", Parrish said. That's how the game should be played.

Back in Week 3, Jacoby Brissett was the New England quarterback and J.J. Watt played his final game before season-ending back surgery. "We didn't play particularly well, but we hung in there and ended up making enough plays to win", Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.

Vince Wilfork will likely be retiring from the NFL.

National Football League pushes back Steelers-Chiefs to Sunday night, cites forecast
Quarterback Alex Smith has thrown interceptions in his last three games , but needs to be turnover free in this one. Moving the game to the night affects schedules for the fans, the teams and NBC , which is broadcasting the game .

Lewis hasn't returned to his usual workload just yet, but him merely being on the team's active roster is a big deal for New England. "I think this team did a great job playing against us". Time and again, Roethlisberger and the Steelers drove easily into the red zone and then had to settle for field goals. By then, the field had completely opened up. When Warren Sapp retired, Wilfork emerged as the best player at his position for a five-year period. Those positions, there is physical and violent contact on every play. I mean, you're right over the ball. But against a Texans team that won a bad division by default and only remained alive because it ran into a depleted, lifeless Oakland Raiders team last week, the Pats got a stinker out of their system.

Wilfork also has had a huge impact in the locker room. The list of quarterbacks who would have put the Texans in a better position to win, however, is a lengthy one. Should we expect the same thing to happen tonight now that Houston has seemingly found their groove? It would be the end of an era in the AFC should Wilfork call it a career. If Wilfork decides to hang his cleats up after the season, he knows it won't have been an easy choice.

"We gear [point spreads] toward the sharps all year, but we're approaching the Super Bowl and that's the only line we make geared toward the public opinion", Kornegay said.

But the Texans have a defense that contains several impact players, and they weren't going to let the Patriots get away with benevolence again. I know reading is hard for a lot of people these days to the extent where people won't even bother to click on the link I provided above.


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