Patriots win as expected, but sloppy performance should give everyone else confidence (Shutdown Corner)

A better team might have beat the New England Patriots on Saturday night. It could also be argued that the Patriots weren’t as motivated as you’d expect for a divisional round playoff game, because they prepared all week for a clearly overmatched Houston Texans team. No matter how often the Patriots coaches presumably preached about how tough the Texans could be, the players knew going in they were overwhelming favorites.