Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/11/13
Bill Belichick and the Patriots aren’t quite heading into a literal battle on Sunday against the Texans, but the fight they’re entering is sure to be frantic. The Patriots’ coach seemed aware of that fact while speaking to reporters on Friday, explaining the feeling in the team’s locker room in advance of the divisional round matchup. “I think there’s an anxiousness whenever you play,” Belichick said. “You always have that unknown of going up against a new opponent. Who knows how the game will go — what they’ll do, how things will match up, what adjustments you’ll have to make and how the game will unfold.” It’s the nature of those adjustments that spell out the biggest challenge for New England this week. Despite having their way with the Texans back in Week 13, the Pats know that things will be different this time, the same way they always are in the playoffs. No matter what preparations the team takes, there’s going to be something waiting for them that they aren’t expecting. “It’s like when you talk to the Navy SEALs and those guys about when they go on a mission, how they talk about, ‘All right, so we get there and we practiced going over a 6-foot wall and the wall is 30-feet high.’ ” Belichick continued. “Well, that’s the way it is in the NFL. You practice for whatever — you think you’re going to swim across a 200-yard lake and the lake is 800 yards across. You have to get across it.” So despite the 42-14 thrashing that Tom Brady and Co. put on Houston a few short weeks ago, Belichick knows that the team will need to be ready for any and all surprises. “They’ll come up with something that will cause us to make an adjustment,” the coach said. “I’m sure we’ll do the same thing to them somewhere along the line. Everybody has to figure it out and make the best of it. That’s what makes this a great game.”
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Redskins have discussed possibly signing Hardy

Kimbo Slice’s son set to make MMA debut

Did Bell miss drug tests due to changed phone number?

Brian Cashman defends A-Rod despite season's struggles

Report: Charles’ workload won’t be limited if healthy

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Westbrook doesn’t want trade, will think about extension

Chargers don’t know if Joey Bosa will report to camp

Report: RG3 to be given four out of five first-team reps

Report: Peterson likely entering last season with Vikings

Cubs trade for Chapman a risk, but potential payoff too hard to ignore

Wisconsin kicker will wear 27 to honor Nebraska's Sam Foltz

Mark Dantonio denies MSU negatively recruits against PSU

Blue Jays agree to acquire Melvin Upton

Brett Favre selects wife Deanna as his Hall of Fame presenter

Durant shopped for OKC home week before joining Warriors?

Jarron, Jason Collins speak in support of LGBTQ rights at DNC

Von Miller has some wild thoughts about human evolution

The crowning achievement of Sasha Banks

Six best QB battles to watch during training camp

Kobe Bryant called ‘a–hole’ in LeBron James-produced show

Top five storylines heading into MLB trade deadline

Chris Sale’s so-called ‘apology’ was anything but

Ten hottest golfers heading into 2016 PGA Championship

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker