Bill Belichick Revisits Texans' Near-Comeback In New Orleans

Belichick also talked about the difficulty of preparing against the Texans' different formations

Brandon Scott
November 26, 2019 - 10:10 am

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- A game the Texans lost this season still catches Bill Belichick’s attention when he watches the team on film. 

The Patriots coaching staff watched the Texans in what Belichick calls “two-minute situations” and he singled out the season-opener against the Saints on Monday Night Football.

With the Texans down by six points and 50 seconds to play, they went 75 yards in 13 seconds to take the lead against the Saints.

All it took was a double-move by DeAndre Hopkins for 38 yards and a post-pattern to Kenny Stills that went for 37 and a touchdown. 

”That’s the kind of explosive offense that as a coach scares you to death,” Belichick said Tuesday. 

“You put Fuller in there, you see the touchdown he has against Atlanta on the double move and the problem (Carlos) Hyde presents. It’s a lot to defend.”

The Texans lost the opener in New Orleans after their defense allowed the Saints a field goal in the final moments. But it was a sign of what this Texans offense can be. 

Houston is among the top teams passing for touchdowns and first downs, tied for ninth and ranking 10th, respectively. 

Belichick also talked about the difficulty of preparing against the Texans' different formations.

"They have so many weapons, so many guys you have to cover," he said. "The receivers, the (running) backs, the tight ends. The quarterback is a dynamic player. They have a very difficult and expansive offensive system to deal with. 

“Eleven personnel, 12-personnel, a lot of empty (backfield), a lot of motion, a lot of formationing, and just getting lined up against them is a major issue.”

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The Patriots boast one of the best secondaries in the NFL. 

Texans head coach Bill O’Brien spoke Monday about how the Patriots are taking the ball away at a historic rate, with interceptions and forcing fumbles. 

The Patriots have a league-high 20 interceptions, which is six more than the team right behind them (Steelers have 14). Matt Slater's blocked punt against the Cowboys last Sunday was the team's third of the season.

“If you look at the games that they've won, they've just done a really good job of being opportunistic,” O’Brien said. “They've blocked the punt or they've intercepted a pass, or they've batted a ball or punched a ball out, got the ball, get on a short field." 

The Texans (7-4) host the Patriots (10-1) Sunday night with hopes of maintaining their one-game lead in the AFC South standings.

A loss would tie the Texans with the winner of the Colts-Titans game and put them just one game ahead of the loser.

The Colts and Titans are both 6-5. The Texans play against the Titans twice before the end of the season.

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