Texans Could Make Statement With Win

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The Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien is brisk to point out that every game means the same during the regular season, no matter who their opponent is.

The Texans open up on the road against the AFC champion New England Patriots. This will be an early test to see where the Texans are.

The Texans has not beaten the Patriots since 2009 and they have never won at Gillette Stadium. An early victory against New England will prove to the league that the Texans team not only can compete for a playoff spot but it can be amongst the best in the AFC.

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This will be the 4th time that the AFC adversaries have played in the past 3 seasons. "We haven't beaten this team since I've been here" wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins says. Last season against New England, although the Texans lost the Sean Watson threw for 301 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

That game was Watson's second NFL start and as O'Brien and the rest of the league learn last season, the big stage didn't bother the rookie quarterback at all. Watson has review the tape from last season's loss numerous of times, and he said it wasn't the two touchdowns or the 301 yards that stand out to him.

The Texans had the opportunity to put the game away and they didn't. It will be very important for the Texans to get this win on Sunday in Foxboro to basically set the tone for the season.