Rob Gronkowski: 'Crazy' to overlook Houston Texans

By Kevin Patra
Updated: Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:10 a.m.

Outside of NFL locker rooms, it is categorically believed that the Houston Texans-New England Patriots matchup on Sunday afternoon will be a lopsided win for the home team, mirroring the Week 14 42-14 beatdown.

A local Boston media member went so far as to call the Texans "tomato cans" in an article which is now prominently displayed on Texans running back Arian Foster's Twitter page.

Players inside the Patriots locker room believe that view is ludicrous.

"That's definitely crazy, they're a very good team," said tight end Rob Gronkowski, via the Boston Herald. "We've got to be prepared to the best of our abilities because if we're not, it could go ugly. We have to be ready and we have to be prepared."

"No, trust me, you're going to see a different Texans team," added wide receiver Deion Branch. "That we all know, I promise you that. They're a great team....Trust me, it won't be the same team that we played five weeks ago."

It's not shocking a Bill Belichick team won't bite on giving up its own bulletin board material to an opponent. However, that won't stop anyone and everyone paid to give their opinion on the matchup from scoffing at the idea that Houston can pull off the road upset.