Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Reliant Stadium on January 5, 2013 in Houston, Texas.
Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy made a name for himself off the misfortune of Boston-area teams. He may have been the only person in New England upset when the Red Sox finally won the World Series (he wrote a book about "The Curse," which was obviously broken that year). But not even he's willing to write that the Texans will beat the Patriots this weekend in the AFC Divisional game.
The 2012-13 New England Patriots just became the first team in NFL history to get back-to-back byes before advancing to the conference championship game.
Could this get any easier?
I mean, seriously? The planets are aligned and the tomato cans are in place. The fraudulent Houston Texans are the only team standing between the New England Patriots and a trip to the AFC Championship game. All the Patriots have to do is beat the terrible Texans. One week from today. At Gillette Stadium.
We highlighted these paragraphs because they now serve as Texans running back Arian Foster's Twitter avatar.
That's right, it's new-school bulletin-board material in this social-media world.
Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia knows that the Texans' running game holds the key to that offense's success.
"With the run game going the way they had it going, obviously it sets up the play action pass game, whether it's the play action downfield shot in the move game that they have, or as we saw they got the screen game going a little bit too," he said via ESPNBoston.com. "But that complements their deeper, downfield throws along with their dropback game. …
"The more they can go ahead and establish a solid running game, and obviously they have the players to do it and be physical and aggressive, I think that's the way they want to go."
If nothing else, coach Bill Belichick will know who to blame if the Texans win. And Shaughnessy can claim responsibility for ruining the Pats' season. There might even be a book in there somewhere.