Vince Wilfork understands massive challenge Texans face

Jan 1 2017 Miami Gardens FL USA New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan greets Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after they scored a touchdown against Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock

Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass. There is nothing easy about this game for our offense.

The Patriots will begin their quest for a 6th straight AFC title game appearance as well as a 5th Super Bowl title Saturday night when the team hosts Houston in an AFC Divisional round game. So do the Texans have enough to stop New England?

"We gave ourselves a shot, we gave ourselves a chance to play for the big dance", former Patriots defensive lineman and current Texan Vince Wilfork told reporters.

"We're not going to show him anything that he hasn't already seen". The Patriots hold a 7-1 advantage in these contests while holding a ideal 4-0 advantage at home, including a 41-28 playoff win over the Texans in 2012.

On Saturday night, football fans from all over the world will tune in to watch the Texans and Patriots face off in the Divisional Round of the 2017 NFL Playoffs. But the Patriots, with their now vaunted receiving core, have averaged 29.6 points per game since he left the team.

It's plays like this that the Patriots are looking forward to having him for their championship stretch run.

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'Without turnovers, ' Texans owner Robert McNair said after the game [vs. the Raiders, ] 'we can play with anybody'. That includes way back in Week 3 against the Patriots, when Osweiler went 24-for-41 for 196 yards and an interception in a 27-0 loss. CBSSports.com writer John Breech believes the Texans have a chance, just the Patriots have a greater chance.

"They're really an impressive team, a big win last week against Oakland (27-14)", said Belichick in predictable high praise of the Texans. Going against third string QB Connor Cook, the Texans defense led by Jadeveon Clowney were able to clamp down and force mistakes. Think about taking it to the house every time Brady goes back to pass. The Texans seem about to disappear into a black hole.

It is also true that New England bounced the Texans 27-0 in week three of the National Football League season with No.3 quarterback Jacoby Brissett at the controls. But do I think it is wise to lay 16 points against a team with that solid of a defense? The way to beat the Patriots is to pressure Brady into being human.

And it comes from the very top as the Texans' head coach, Bill O'Brien, spent five years as a Bill Belichick assistant before leaving the nest to try the big chair, first at Penn State and then in Houston.

DeAndre Hopkins was limited at Wednesday's practice due to a knee injury, but he should be fine for Saturday's Divisional round game. And none of those yards mattered, considering Houston never drove deeper than the Patriots' 35-yard line. He was sacked twice. Houston allowed a league-low 301.3 yards per game and 20.5 points a contest, and was the best first-down defense in the league, allowing the fewest by far. Osweiler completed 14 of 25 passes for one touchdown, and ran for another score. The Cowboys defense is not elite, but they are able to keep games in check and let their offense take care of business.

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