There is an old adage in poker: If you can’t spot the sucker at the table, you are the sucker.
Thursday night, the Texans were the sucker, as they got drilled in New England once again.
It did not matter that there was no Tom Brady. Or even Jimmy Garappolo.
The Texans got clobbered 27-0. The game really wasn’t that close. It came down to one simple fact: Bill Belichick and his staff are just light years ahead of Bill O’Brien and his.
The Patriots were ready for everything the Texans did. They took advantage of every Texans’ weakness. It was like watching Phil Ivey play poker with a beginner who watched Ivey on TV and thought he could play with him.
The reality is coaching is the most important part of football. O’Brien and his staff were tentative and conservative against their mentors. Belichick was aggressive, smarter, and did everything right. Add in a few stupid turnovers, and the Texans never had a chance.
Charles James made his debut on the kick return team with a ridiculous fumbles. Brock Osweiler had a bad pick, but that was basically on a great Patriots scheme.
The Texans are still a good team. They will win a lot of games. Talent wise, they are better than the Patriots. But this was about game theory and coaching. And no one is better at that than the Pats.
O’Brien is a good coach. He ran into a much better one. That’s why Ivey rakes in chips and wannabe’s gives them away.
That’s what the Texans did Thursday night. They were the suckers at the table.