Tom Brady Reminds Us Just How Long He's Been Dominating The NFL

Texans coach Bill O'Brien, who worked closely with Brady as a coach in New England, did not mince words when talking about the three-time Super Bowl MVP.

So the Rematch Playoff Weekend continues Saturday night as the Patriots play host to the Houston Texans.

"There's always room for improvement", coach Bill O'Brien said. It's going to be a tough challenge for them to go up there and get that victory.

We here at PatsFans.com are continuing our "Razor's Edge" column in 2016 to give some quick analysis on some of the key matchups of the game and what you can look for in how the game plays out.

Prediction: Patriots 38 - Texans 14.

"Well, I met Billy in 2007, in the spring of 2007 when he got to our team, so I've known him for nearly 10 years", Brady said. As the top seed in the AFC, the Patriots are coming off a bye, while the Texans are fresh off a 27-14 win over the Oakland Raiders in the Wild Card round. One area that's worth watching is how the Texans utilize tight ends C.J. Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin; the Patriots have had some issues this year containing tight ends, and those two have developed into favorite targets for quarterback Brock Osweiler. Special teams, no turnovers, [and] they have to get some turnovers. As things stand, though, whatever hope the Texans have is stretching Vegas oddsmakers, who posted New England as a 16-point favorite, the largest playoff spread since the Minnesota Vikings also were a 16-point favorite in the 1998 divisional round versus the Arizona Cardinals.

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That's what the Patriots' top-ranked scoring defense will face Saturday night in a divisional playoff matchup at Gillette Stadium. Houston also has no financial excuse for being anything less than great, or doing anything but winning the NFL's worst division.

During the regular season, the Texans were throttled 27-0 by the Patriots while being lead by a third string quarterback, Jacoby Brissett. He ran for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns, which was a league-high in the regular season. Tom Brady could stay at home and play with his children, watching the game on television, and New England would still win by 20 and dance their way to the AFC Championship. He was back at full participation on Wednesday's practice report, while Malcolm Mitchell, out last week with a knee injury, was limited. The Patriots rush defense has played very well, ranking 4th in run defense in DVOA and hasn't allowed a rushing TD since Week 8.

New England has won seven straight games overall, they're 11-1 since Brady came back and he threw for 28 touchdowns compared to only two interceptions in those 12 games.

"I think he looked good.it was good to have him back in there", O'Brien said. I'm starting to think Tom Brady might be immortal.

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's breakout regular season helped Houston's defense not only stay afloat, but it entered the playoffs ranked first in the National Football League despite the loss of superstar J.J. Watt to season-ending back surgery after just three games.

The Texans had eight players listed with limited participation Wednesday, six of them of defense - including Quintin Demps (hamstring, game-time decision), Jadeveon Clowney (elbow, wrist) and Brian Cushing (ankle). But he threw more interceptions (16) than touchdowns (15), while completing just 59 percent of his passes. He recently said, "You're not promised next week". "Even when you do get the pressure, he steps up and makes the best pass". "We got to spend a lot of time together". "That's where my attention has been focused".

Hopkins has had modest success against the Patriots. Osweiler said. "I think that's just as important".


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