Sports Watch: Texans Take On Patriots on Monday Night Football

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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2012, file photo, Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) celebrates a touchdown catch against the Miami Dolphins in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Houston. Johnson doesn't like to dwell on the past. Still, Houston's star receiver sometimes has to tell his teammates how lucky they are to be on one of the best teams in the NFL. For years he languished on terrible Texans teams. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2012, file photo, Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) celebrates a touchdown catch against the Miami Dolphins in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Houston. Johnson doesn’t like to dwell on the past. Still, Houston’s star receiver sometimes has to tell his teammates how lucky they are to be on one of the best teams in the NFL. For years he languished on terrible Texans teams. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel, File)

Monday’s top story in Houston is a foregone conclusion. The Texans will face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Monday Night Football. ESPN will carry the game, and NEWS 92 FM Sports Reporter Jorge Vargas has more in this morning’s Sports Watch:


Texans take on the Patriots tonight on Monday Night Football. Texans will be without tight end Garrett Graham, offensive right tackle Derrick Newton, and linebacker Brooks Reed.

Antonio Smith: ‘We Need to Gel’

The ninja, Antonio Smith, will be ready. Here is Smith on the NFL Network, talking about a defense that has given up plenty of big plays of late:

“Right now we just need to gel in who we are now,” Smith said. “No matter who we’ve got out there on that field…has to be the next man up.”

Starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph will be back so that will help, as well as inside linebacker Bradie James.

McCourty on Pats’ Biggest Challenge

While the Texans’ main focus will be on keeping Tom Brady in check, Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty says their biggest challenge is defending the Texans run game.

“Biggest challenge is they run the ball so well, too, so you know its not just their calling play action,” McCourty said.  “We’ve got to stay deep, because when they do play action, they get the ball down the field and they get the ball to good receivers.”

Texans Boast New Letterman Jackets in New England

The Texans will sport a new letterman look to New England. Here is J.J. Watt on their jackets:

“I think this is really cool.  I think it shows a lot about our team and the chemistry we have,” Watt said. “The guys in this locker room really care about each other, and I think these jackets are a great way to signify that. We are really proud to have them, and excited to wear them.”

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