Patriots Prepare to Face Tough Texans Team

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Patriots running back Jeremy Hill's comments about the Houston Texans defense his team will face in Sunday's regular-season opener at Gillette Stadium included the word "wreck" and the term "wreak havoc".

Their defense, ravaged by injuries during a dismal 4-12 season in 2017, has been reborn with healthy, talented contributors and reinforced with newcomers primed to make an impact. Houston not only has to play competitive in this game, but take whatever they learn from facing the Patriots into the next 15 games they play this regular season.

Watson has watched the tape from last season's loss plenty of times, and he said it wasn't the two touchdowns or the 301 yards that stand out to him. Obviously the last two years we've said the same thing.

"To be on this team, you have to be a good football player and the guys that are out there certainly I have a lot of confidence in". The last couple years, a lot of parts about football weren't enjoyable when they should've been.

Although blocking the three-headed monster of J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus is a mountainous task; identifying where they are on any given play is just as important as the physical aspects. "It's been working out for me", Mathieu added. WR DeAndre Hopkins led National Football League with career-high and franchise-record 13 TD receptions in 2017. He was at the stadium nearly every day, watching film and talking to coaches and players to try and get better.

In early August, reports surfaced that the Patriots had restructured Brady's contract to make it richer with performance incentives. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2015 with the Cardinals. Watt knows there are questions about his health as he enters the 2018 season.

The last time the Patriots played the Texans, a 36-33 New England win last September 24 in Foxboro, Tom Brady took a beating, getting hit eight times, sacked on five occasions, fumbling three times, one a strip sack that outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney turned into a 22-yard second-quarter touchdown.

"I have confidence in them, certainly", Brady said. I mean, I think the last eight years of my career have been better than the first 10. I don't still give a (expletive) that much anymore. Therefore, he should be playing at this level and therefore that's why he is. Just look at him.

Otherwise, teams are able to hide a bit without any current film for New England's coaching staff to pour over.

The Boston Herald says the much-maligned Patriots receivers have a chip on their shoulders. "To worry about a lot of (expletive) that people may say or think or feel, like, I really don't care anymore". "I'm sure there are a lot of people who are cautiously optimistic". And we were on the sixth hole, which is a long par-5 and it goes up a big hill and the ocean is on the right, and the fairway kind of falls off to the right, and most of us golfers are little slicers anyways, so lot of balls end up over there - in or by the ocean.

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