Originally written December 11, 2012 on Patriots Life:
The Houston Texans came into Monday night as almost unanimously the number one team in the league, or at least the AFC. The Patriots had heard enough about them.Boston Herald:”Obviously, we came into this game with a chip on our shoulders, everyone talking about the Houston Texans,” said Pats linebacker Jerod Mayo (left, photo by Matt Stone) following the Pats 42-14 blowout win over the Texans last night, ”and I think our defensive line went out there and played well . . . those guys played very well and kept us going in the backend.”Jerod Mayo summoning his inner Rodney Harrison with a "nobody believed in us" type statement. The Pats responded in the best way possible, with a 42-14 beat down on Monday Night Football that included some fantastic New England defense.I hope it keeps up and I hope the Patriots never lose that chip on their shoulder. Complacency = losing in the NFL. Just look at the Giants teams that have won Super bowls, they feed off the negative criticism. ...
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