“We obviously would like to be a balanced football team. Everything we do starts with us running the ball. But we’ve been caught in some shootouts where we’ve had to go out there and throw it 55, 60 times, too, so I don’t think you ever know what type of game you’re going to get in.
“But I think it’s important that your team is confident they can win all kinds of games.”
The Texans have done that, winning low-scoring (13-6 over the Bears) and high-scoring (43-37 over the Jaguars) games. They seem to be hitting their stride on offense, piling up 332, 501, and 653 yards in their last three games, in which they’ve averaged 33.7 points.
Like the Patriots, they’ve won six straight games.
“They’ve been in some blowouts, they’ve been in some tough games, they’ve been in overtime,” said Patriots defensive line standout Vince Wilfork. “This team has played through it all, and they seem to rally around one another.
“That’s the sign of a great team, and they definitely have what it takes to be a champion, so you have to respect that.”
How best to slow it, though? That’s maybe the biggest question heading into one of the Patriots’ biggest games of the season.