Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady has already been labeled as one of the best to play the game of football. The Texans defense has been the best this season, but they have their steepest challenge ahead of them Saturday night in Foxborough. Not only do they face one of the best quarterbacks off all time, but also one of the best coaches in Bill Belichick.
“It’s a great opportunity going against, in my opinion, the greatest quarterback of all time. You’ve got to be prepared, at your best, because we already know that’s where he’s going to be at,” Texans Defensive Back A.J. Bouye said.
Tom Brady has six AFC conference titles which is the most of any starting quarterback in the Super Bowl era. His 31 postseason games are the most in NFL history ahead of Jerry Rice and Peyton Manning. Tom also set the NFL record for most consecutive division titles won, with 2016 being the 8th straight title.
“He’s a great quarterback who understands the game, understands how to read defenses and he knows where to go with the ball… Also, he knows how to get into the right call. Especially being out there in the moment, ” Texans Linebacker Whitney Mercilus said.
With that being said, despite missing the first few weeks of the season because of a suspension, Brady and the Patriots have not missed a beat. They are fourth in the NFL in yards per game, fourth in the league in passing yards per game, and third in points per game. In comparison the Texans defense is number one in yards allowed per game, second in passing yards allowed per game and eleventh in points allowed per game.
“We understand what we have in this locker room. We’ll prepare the best we can this week and go out there and play hard,” Mercilus said.
Also not to be ignored is New England Head Coach Bill Belichick. He and Tom Brady together share six conference titles, which is the most by a head coach-quarterback tandem in league history. Moreover, Belichick has been a part of Brady’s 22 playoff wins, which is also the most in NFL history.
“It’s okay if we’re called the underdogs. I kind of like it. Definitely get to shock a whole lot of people, so we’re looking forward to that,” Whitney said.