New England Patriots

Ryan Griffin spoke for a lot of players around the league earlier this week. The Houston Texans tight end was very frank when commenting on his team’s futility against the New England Patriots.

“Very sick of losing to these guys,” said Griffin, whose Texans are 0-5 against the Patriots (including playoffs) in his career. “We’ve been closer and closer every time. We owe them one. We owe five of them. I’m sick of losing to them.”

It’s not much better when you factor in the Texans’ entire history. They’re 1-7 overall against the Patriots, including two playoff losses by a combined score of 75-44. Their only win was a meaningless Week 17 game in the 2009 season, after the Pats’ playoff seeding had already been decided. Tom Brady only played three series in the first half before giving way to Brian Hoyer, and Wes Welker tore his ACL.

Needless to say, the Texans are way overdue for a win against the Patriots. A meaningful one. And Griffin’s right, they keep coming closer. They came as close as ever just last year, when it took a miracle game-winning drive in the final minute and one of the best games of Tom Brady’s career (378 yards, five touchdowns) to seal their latest victory over Houston.

Griffin likely speaks for his entire organization when he says he’s sick of losing to the Patriots. It’ll be up to them to change course.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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