Last season the teams played twice and the Patriots won both times by a combined margin of 41 points. Houston went to New England during the regular season when it was 11-1 and set for a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Patriots ruined that plan.
“The approach is to go in and be some spoilers,” Smith said. “This team kind of spoiled our little home-field advantage last year, so we get the opportunity to go up against them. I think last year, this last few years, have kind of built a hidden rivalry. I know we’re not in the same division, but it’s a little bit of competitiveness and bad blood in this game. It’s going to be a fun one to play.He’s got a mad scientist behind him,” Smith said. “I wouldn’t put it all on Tom, man. That guy over there coaching [Bill Belichick] will find a flaw in everything that you do.”
Everyone in the AFC East will be cheering for the Patriots, but even if they do it will not matter too much, as they are running away with the conference.