Bruschi's Breakdown on Texans-Patriots

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Every week before the Patriots play a game, Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss dissect the action as part of "Bruschi's Breakdown." This week's breakdown is posted for a "Monday Night Football" matchup with the AFC-leading Houston Texans.

Bruschi starts off by discussing how the Texans are coming to Foxborough with something to prove:

"People still might have their doubts about the Texans, even though they are 11-1, which is the best record in the AFC. The thought might be, 'Can they do it when it counts?' In a game like this, that type of question can be answered. You come into Gillette Stadium, where you see those championship banners and know that Tom Brady has done it before, and Bill Belichick has done it before, and it's a tough place to play. So they're looking for that breakthrough to make people believe that they are a legitimate contender."

And here's Tedy's take on Texans RB Arian Foster, who's fifth in the NFL in rushing yards (1,102) entering Week 14:

"He's one of the best in the league. People might say he is a product of the system, but I don't think that's what it is -- he's got size, he's got speed, a great mentality, an intellectual type of guy. Watching him against the Lions on Thanksgiving, you saw great patience from him to let the play develop in front of him. That's huge for a running back; that's what the best do. You always want to rise to the occasion when you're playing against the best and I think that's what is on the mind of Patriots linebackers like Jerod Mayo and Brandon Spikes. This is a special running back that deserves special attention this week."

To read "Bruschi's Breakdown," CLICK HERE.