Now don’t get me wrong, I am one of the biggest Texans fans, but I am also a realist. Unlike past games, I don’t think that the reason for the potential Texans loss will be due to their quarterback, Matt Schaub. In order to ensure a Texans victory, the offense and defense need to accomplish at least one specific task.
In order to move the ball against the Patriot’s defense, the Texans need to establish a running game. In their last match-up, the Texans couldn’t move the ball on the ground. Running the ball is especially important for the Texan’s offense due to the fact that it relies heavily on the play action pass. The play action pass is when the offense gives the illusion that it’s going to be a running play by faking the hand-off to the running back, then the quarterback makes a pass to a receiver. Play action only works once a successful running game has been established. If the defense does not respect the run, then they won’t bite and will drop back guarding the pass.
The last meeting between these two teams resulted in a Tom Brady clinic tape. He seemed to be unstoppable, hitting every receiver and scoring touchdowns at will. It was as if the defense wasn’t even on the field and the Patriot’s offense was practicing route running. I personally think the reason they were able to successfully score as they did is because of the one on one match-ups. The Patriot’s slot receiver, Wes Welker, is one of the best in the league. He seemed to defeat his defender with every route he ran. I think it would be more effective to put a smaller cornerback on Welker so he would be able to make the quick cuts like Welker does. He is the quickest guy on the field so he demands attention.
Another crucial match-up that the Texans lost was the attempt to guard Patriot tight end, Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez is not your average TE, his 40 time is a low 4.6, making it extremely hard for line backers to keep up with him. Any time you match a linebacker up with him, you can assume it’s going to be a completion, so I suggest placing a safety down to match his speed.
If the Texans are able to run the ball and stop the passing game of the Patriots, then and ONLY then, will they have a chance. The Texans play the Patriots today at 3:30 p.m. CST at Gillette Stadium, which can be seen on CBS.