Monday’s game between the Houston Texans and New England Patriots was hyped up to be one of the top games of the 2012 season considering both teams will be two of the favorites to win the AFC once January rolls around. While the Patriots lived up to the hype, it’s safe to say there may be a reason to be concerned about the Texans heading into the playoffs.
Houston’s performance against New England on Monday was absolutely disgraceful as they were crushed 42-14 to pick up their second loss of the season. The Texans may still have a one-game lead for the top spot in the AFC, but with the way they were exposed by the Patriots in Week 14–it’s hard to even see them as Super Bowl contenders at this point.
It’s nearly impossible to fully shutdown Tom Brady and company, but for a defense that ranked near the top of the league at the beginning of the season–this game was absolutely brutal for the Texans. The fact that Houston has allowed 120 points over their last four games is a major reason of concern and if they run into New England in the postseason once January rolls around–they could be in serious trouble.
These next few weeks will be crucial for the Texans if they have any plans of holding on to the No. 1 seed and even if they do head into January with the top spot–it’s safe to say the Patriots will still be the team to beat in the AFC.
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