By Derek Fogel

Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans defense was number one in the NFL regular season in yards allowed per game. They continued their dominance with the biggest margin of victory yet this year in a 27-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. The biggest challenge yet this season will be facing sure Hall of Fame Quarterback Tom Brady, and he believes that credit should be given where it is due.

“They challenge you in every aspect so we’ve just got to be very sharp. Our execution has to be at its highest level. It’s going to be the toughest defense we’ve faced all year,” Brady said.

A lot of media chatter leading up to Saturday night’s game has been about the line in Las Vegas. The Patriots are favored by 16.5 points. That does not factor into the Patriots’ preparation.

“I view it as the biggest game that we’ve played all season against the best defense that we’ve played all season… There’s nothing easy about it,” Tom said. “They don’t have any weaknesses on defense, so we’re just going to have to play good, sound football and try to take advantage of our opportunities if we get them.”

It’s worth mentioning that the Texans defense could possibly be even better with J.J. Watt not on the injured reserve. They are getting career seasons from multiple players on defense including A.J. Bouye, Quintin Demps, Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney which helps to pick up the slack. That doesn’t go unnoticed.

“It’s hard to imagine taking away J.J., whose been Defensive Player of the Year three times, and then still be the number one ranked defense in the league. They’ve just stepped up to the challenge… They still find ways to get to the quarterback and force the ball out. Certainly in the Wild Card game last week they did a lot of that,” Brady said.