Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/7/13
Carolina_panthers_v_5a8c
Bill Belichick knows how valuable it is for his players to learn from their mistakes, and he’s making sure to take that advice himself heading into this weekend’s rematch with the Houston Texans. Two postseasons ago, the Patriots welcomed the rival New York Jets to town for a divisional round matchup. After laying a 45-3 whooping on the Jets just weeks earlier, the Patriots entered the 2010 playoff game with extreme confidence. But a career day from Mark Sanchez and stellar effort from the Jets’ defense saw the Jets pull the upset in New England. The loss left the entire Patriots organization disappointed, and Belichick is making sure that sort of letdown won’t happen again this season with the Texans. “I think there’s certainly a lesson there about the game that we play now doesn’t have much to do with the game we played before,” Belichick said during a conference call Sunday. “It’s another example of that. We’ve talked about that many, many times here, before and after the 2010 season. I don’t think it’s anything that wasn’t mentioned until that situation occurred, but it’s an example we can point out.” The Patriots walloped the Texans 42-14 just four weeks ago, and Houston barely eked out a home win against the Bengals on Sunday, which may give Belichick some pause. But he also knows how teams can change from one game to the next, which is why his team isn’t focusing much on its blowout win in preparation for this weekend’s rematch. “I think when you play a team twice during the season, the games are totally different,” Belichick said. “They never go the same way. We’ll be able to certainly look at some of the matchups individually, guys that faced each [other] in the game. As far as plays and calls and things like that matching up, I’m sure they’ll have some new wrinkles. I’m sure we’ll have some, too.” The Patriots can’t afford to fall to another disappointing fate like in 2010. This season, they lucked out in getting a first-round bye — thanks in large part to the Texans’ ineptitude — and they need to use that home field advantage to their benefit on Sunday. The Texans are more poised and dangerous than the last time they visited Gillette Stadium, of which the Patriots are well aware. Now, the Patriots need to focus on defeating this new and improved Texans club and not getting caught up in the past. Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Adrian Peterson accused of fathering another child out of wedlock

Robert Griffin III liked fan’s Instagram post trashing Redskins

Report: Tom Brady may have been ‘open’ to one-game suspension

Fenway Park staff reportedly confiscating Don Orsillo signs

Clippers’ owner Steve Ballmer betting on himself

Titans' Marcus Mariota: ‘Statistics don’t matter to me’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Raiders cut Trent Richardson

FSU names Everett Golson starting QB for 2015

UCLA's Adams arrested for suspicion of felony robbery

AJ Green heading for contract stalemate with Bengals?

Report: NFL offered to cut Brady suspension to 3 games

Report: Tristan Thompson won’t take below max from Cavs

Most surprising developments from 2015 NFL preseason

Herschel Walker supports Trump’s candidacy for president

WATCH: Kevin Kiermaier robs Manny Machado home run shot

Four most surprising roster cuts from NFL teams

Caroline Wozniacki smoking on cover of ‘Rhapsody’ magazine

Could Robert Griffin III be the NFL’s next Steve Young?

Spurrier: SEC fans right to be upset with Ohio State's schedule

Report: 'Deranged' fan shot outside WWE building

Report: Brady convinced Harbaugh to return to Michigan

Ronda Rousey gets Venice mural from artist Jonas Never

Redskins TE wants to know who's leaking stories to ESPN

WWE superstar's girlfriend fired over Nazi Instagram posts

Madison Bumgarner has once again put Giants on his back

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

Four most surprising roster cuts from NFL teams

Raiders cut Trent Richardson

Caroline Wozniacki smoking cover of ‘Rhapsody’

Everett Golson named FSU's starting QB

Urban Meyer won't announce QB before season

Teammates relieved RG3 was benched?

Five NFL teams that should trade for Robert Griffin III

10 takeaways from Week 3 of the NFL preseason

Cubs' Jake Arrieta no-hits the Dodgers

Chicago Bears release Tim Jennings

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