Monday Night Football matchup could be a playoff preview
It’s a matchup that many have been looking forward to for a long time. The 11-1 Houston Texans hit the road for Monday Night Football to take on last year’s AFC Champions, the New England Patriots, tonight.
Both teams have won their last six games. But the Texans have struggled in recent weeks. The team was pushed to the limit in overtime victories over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions before easily defeating the Tennessee Titans in their last outing.
Former Texans General Manager Charley Casserly told KTRH that tonight’s matchup is worth all the hype it’s getting.
“These are the two best teams in the AFC to date,” Casserly said.
But Casserly says the Texans are going to have to step it up on defense if they are going to leave New England with a win.
“It’s going to be a tough day for them if they don’t get a pass rush,” Casserly explained. “Their hope in this game is to disrupt Tom Brady and keep him off balance.
That’s easier said than done, as Brady has three Super Bowl titles to his credit, and five appearances in the big game in his career.
“He is a Hall of Fame quarterback and he is the single biggest reason why, other than Bill Belichick that they win every year. And they are going to win every year as long as he is there,” Casserly said.
But Casserly thinks the Texans’ offense matches up well against a New England defense that has given up its share of points this season.
“The Texans can move the football through the air. Their running game is efficient against everybody because they execute it so well. They key for them will be what they do in the red zone,” Casserly explained.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 tonight.