Justin Houston’s presence could swing Chiefs-Patriots rematch to Kansas City

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When the Chiefs and Patriots met in the regular season, the Chiefs were without their best pass rusher, Justin Houston. When they meet on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, Houston will be back.

That could make a very big difference. Houston has seven sacks in his last five games, including two sacks in the playoff win over the Colts last weekend, and he’ll be eager to get to Tom Brady on Sunday.

“It’s difficult any time you play them – whether it’s here or there – because they’re smart,” Houston said. “They have a coach on the field [Brady]. He sees everything. He’s been playing for a while, so there’s nothing you can throw at him that he hasn’t seen. To give us the best chance of winning we have to keep him off the field and keep our offense on the field.”

Houston believes he can get to Brady if the Chiefs can force third-and-long situations.

“If it’s third-and-short, the ball’s coming out fast,” he said. “If you put him in third-and-long situations, then he has to hold the ball a little longer. Hopefully it will give us a little time to get there.”

If Houston can have another two-sack game, that would go a long way toward sending the Chiefs to the Super Bowl.

73 responses to “Justin Houston’s presence could swing Chiefs-Patriots rematch to Kansas City

  1. Dante Scarnecchia…THE most important assistant coach the Patriots have…will take care of this guy. Bosa and Ingram hardly laid a finger on Brady last week…JJ Watt, Von Miller, Jadeveon Clowney, Kahlil Mack and a host of others have essentially been neutralized by DS’s schemes…tomorrow night you can add Houston, Jones, and Co. to the list.

  2. He, Dee Ford and Chris Jones are definitely the biggest problems on D for the Pats. The inside pressure that Chris Jones can create is going to be a problem for Pats added to the fact that they are not home. The KC offense is entirely different animal. Here is to hoping they overcome all that. Go Pats!!

  3. Not only is Houston back, there have been significant changes in the secondary since the last game as well. Looking forward to seeing how they match up, especially after their performance against the Colts. If they play anything like they did last week, I don’t see how the Pats get out of KC with a W.

  4. Can’t see many Brady sacks happening Sunday. Chargers’ 9th ranked D couldn’t get to Brady, so it’d be tough for Chiefs’ 31st ranked D to consistently pressure on him. Plus, Chiefs are very poor at man-cover & if Houston comes it’ll be zone blitzing (aka, Brady’s feast). And since the first game Pats power ground attack has developed, and they are ALL finally healthy. Finally, even though Chiefs did get to Rivers frequently they gave up chunk plays even more. Mahomes has to play his best ever game – plus use up all the clock while doing it – that’s how Chiefs win.

  5. “Dante Scarnecchia…THE most important assistant coach the Patriots have …”

    Year after year the Pats come up with brilliant assistants … that fizzle out once they leave the Belichick orbit. Face it … he’s the genius … the rest are just replaceable parts.

  6. KC pass rush is for real. They will send Jones up the middle to disrupt/block Brady from getting comfortable.

    KC will win the game if they get to Brady just like Von Miller did in the other AFCCG.

    Hopefuly BB & McDaniels can learn from their past mistakes and adjust.

  7. All the Chiefs need is for the refs to do the job the fans are led to believe they Do, call the game objectively.

    Here’s hoping we get to see a game decided by the players on the field instead of by the refs like that travesty when they played in the regular season.

  8. Patsareinyourheads says:
    January 19, 2019 at 8:56 am
    Were the Chiefs that good last week, or the Colts that awful? Perhaps we will find out

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    Both.

    The Patriots are a higher weight class than the Chiefs. Should be a fun game.

  9. The Pats were so overwhelmed by the Broncos defense in 2015 thanks to a tell shown by the Pats center and the Broncos knowing exactly when to rush.

    Hopefully that’s fixed!

  10. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 19, 2019 at 9:11 am
    Patsareinyourheads says:
    January 19, 2019 at 8:56 am
    Were the Chiefs that good last week, or the Colts that awful? Perhaps we will find out

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    Both.

    The Patriots are a higher weight class than the Chiefs. Should be a fun game.

    ——
    Whoops I meant the Colts haha. Or did I? 🙂

  11. redlikethepig says:
    January 19, 2019 at 8:00 am
    “Dante Scarnecchia…THE most important assistant coach the Patriots have …”
    Year after year the Pats come up with brilliant assistants … that fizzle out once they leave the Belichick orbit. Face it … he’s the genius … the rest are just replaceable parts.
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    Not in this case, red, Scar was a long-time assistant/guru who they had to beg back out of retirement because the line was horrid after he retired. He really is a genius and irreplaceable.

  12. I bet you didn’t know that out of the 7 quarterbacks who had 43 or more TD passes in a season… ZERO of them have won a Super Bowl?

    Hmmm 🙂

  13. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 19, 2019 at 9:22 am
    I bet you didn’t know that out of the 7 quarterbacks who had 43 or more TD passes in a season… ZERO of them have won a Super Bowl?

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    LOL at my wording.

    I meant that zero quarterbacks who has thrown 43 or more TD passes in a season went on to win a Super Bowl that year.

    Hmm indeed. 🙂

  14. Patriots gave up how many sacks this year?Blueprint theory has worked forever..why change now.

    Ask a better Colts line how that theory worked out.

  15. RGisvacuous says:
    January 19, 2019 at 6:44 am
    Dante Scarnecchia…THE most important assistant coach the Patriots have…will take care of this guy.

    You are patently wrong. The reason the Chargers couldn’t get anything done is because they stubbornly refused to go man, which opened up wide windows for Brady to throw. You do that on a series of short passes, the defense doesn’t have time to get sacks. That wasn’t a scheme. That was bad coaching. Even the people on my couch knew that. As to the rest.

    v Bears: Only won by 7 and sacked twice. Against a team run by a QB no one is confusing for elite.

    v Houston: First game, only won by 7 and sacked twice. Houston wasn’t in swing until later in the season anyway.

    That they weren’t sacked by THOSE guys is immaterial. What matters is that double teaming one guy frees up someone else, and he still got sacked. Twice. In each game. And hardly dominated.

    v Broncos: Wait….THEY DIDN’T EVEN PLAY THE BRONCOS

    Some scheme. Your blind faith is…cute. Just like your football analysis.

  16. Von Miller had a very successful 2015 AFCCG vs an injury decimated O line and a non existent running game…Steven Jackson brought in off the street. Neither will be the case tomorrow. If KC’s d line has a field day, hats off to them, but history suggests otherwise.

  17. redlikethepig says:
    January 19, 2019 at 8:00 am

    “Dante Scarnecchia…THE most important assistant coach the Patriots have …”

    Year after year the Pats come up with brilliant assistants … that fizzle out once they leave the Belichick orbit. Face it … he’s the genius … the rest are just replaceable parts.
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    Silly. Dante has been with the Pats like 40 years- WAY before Bill, Brady has been their starter for what 17 years. NOBODY, and I mean nobody was calling Bellichik the greatest coach till well after Brady appeared- he’s a sub .500 coach without Tom, and was on his way to getting fired. Bill had Zero interest in any offense his first 5 years, and left things to coordinators. Charlie Weiss was one of the most influential people in the Pats success. He started their offense, and though Brady has played at least 3 different offensive styles, ALL have been rooted in Weiss.

    Having guys like Scharneccia, Brady, and Weiss (not to mention E. Adams!) is what allowed Bill the freedom/room to develop into one of the greatest and most influential coaches in history.

  18. RE NE v Denver game

    RGisvacuous says:
    January 19, 2019 at 9:41 am
    Von Miller had a very successful 2015 AFCCG vs an injury decimated O line and a non existent running game.

    what he said.

  19. And the Patriots didn’t have their now starting cornerback JC Jackson. Edelman had just come back from a 4 game hiatus. You could go on and on, let’s just play the game

  20. Way to beat Brady and the Pats . 1) rush no more than 3
    2) over power the center and push up the middle
    3)jam Edleman and gronk at the line
    4 cover Hogan and Dorsett while bracketing Gronk
    5 smash edleman each time he catches a pass
    6 pass on first down no runs no matter even if the pats
    give the run to you
    7 manage the clock and always go for it on fourth down
    on the plus side of the field.
    8 never give Brady the ball going into halftime and make
    sure your are leading by eight with 2 minutes left in
    game before handing the ball to Brady.
    Must have a game plan that is aggressive from the start .Take the ball first if you win the coin toss. Give the ball to your best running back at the goal line with the game on the line .Change up your redzone offense don’t just do what is expected .Finally do not be afraid of loosing .
    Now that basic plan to beat the Pats has a 33 percent chance of working since Brady and crew win 77 percent of the time .There a great Xs and Os schemes that like all battle plans are great until the bullets fly .Use the halftime to make adjustments because the Pats will.
    Many have tried and many have failed that is why as long as TB 12 is healthy the Pats are more than just a happy to be there team and will always have more than a punchers chance.

  21. I’m sure that’ll make the difference since Bosa was the game changer for the chargers last week and he’s much better than Houston.

  22. Regardless of the final score in this game, the one thing I’d love to see is Gronk playing pass coverage against Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelcy, Sammy Watkins, and Chris Conley. Watching Gronk trying to make a tackle at the three-yard line is the best comedy act ever.

  23. All you Pat’s fans that keep chirping about how the Pats shut down Bosa last week I got news for you EVERYONE has shut down Bosa. The dude has one sack, so I wouldn’t be pinning my hopes on how your O line can shut down the pass rudh. Houston, Jones and Ford will be a whole different animal, Tom terrific is going to be running for his life Sunday and by the 4th quarter he’s going so gun shy he’ll just fall down when he sees them coming.

  24. The Chiefs’ D allowed 421 points during the regular season. They’re hardly a defensive juggernaut. It will be business as usual for the Pats.

  25. 3 step drops and quick releases can nullify any pass rush. Unless the defense jams the WRs to disrupt the timing.

    But then all you have to do is tighten the formations so defense can’t Jam, and if they’re stupid enough to jam then destroy them with outside runs…

    Pats will most likely win.

  26. hedleykow says:
    January 19, 2019 at 11:02 am
    Watching Gronk trying to make a tackle at the three-yard line is the best comedy act ever.
    ———————————————–

    And the coach that put him in that position is slated to become the new HC of your team chip.

  27. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    January 19, 2019 at 11:43 am
    hedleykow says:
    January 19, 2019 at 11:02 am
    Watching Gronk trying to make a tackle at the three-yard line is the best comedy act ever.
    ———————————————–

    And the coach that put him in that position is slated to become the new HC of your team chip
    ++++++++++++++
    So every time something goes right it’s all Belichick. When something goes wrong it’s because of his assistants under his leadership. Got it. So I guess Belichick is 12-0 This year. His assistants are 0-5. Good team mentality from someone high up in the organization like yourself.

  28. KC fans recalling the Denver game v NE….
    It is worth noting Brady’s response to being repeatedly hit and sacked…in the cold and the snow…in a noisy, hostile environment, in 6000 foot elevation….

    He got up and kept coming.

    and it still went down to the last play….

    There is no I in Team…and there is no Quit in Brady

  29. This is my biggest concern. I remembered thinking after the Pats won the regular season matchup that the Chiefs would be a tough out in the playoffs, since A) it’s just hard to beat anyone twice in a given year in the NFL, and B) KC was missing major pieces of its defense, namely Houston and Eric Berry. I like the Chiefs in this one, despite my Pats allegiances. I can’t belief how overly confident everyone is on sports radio in Boston. I haven’t forgotten how this Pats team just doesn’t look like the other great ones. Great win last week but they managed to get up early on a frozen LA team that looked like they just wanted to go home with about half of the second quarter left to play. To be totally honest, I was hoping for a feel-good divisional round win, and then a graceful bow-out to KC, because face it, the Pats are the 4th best team remaining. I’m not into losing Super Bowls, particularly since you have to hear all the idiots who claim it’s more damaging to Brady’s legacy to get to a Super Bowl and lose than to not make at all, which is just moronic. But you still hear “Montana’s the best! 4-0 in SBs, no INTs!” Very impressive indeed, but no one talks about all the one-and-dones the 80s Niners suffered in the playoffs. Conveniently left out. It’s easy to not throw a pick in Super Bowls you weren’t playing in, as admirable as it is that he had four clean games. But 4-0 in Super Bowls is a far worse record than going even 4-10 in Super Bowls. So as much as I know it’s better to make the Super Bowl than not, I just don’t want the emotional let down, and moreover, as much as I don’t take Brady detractors seriously and think they’re extremely foolish, I just can’t give them that kind of fuel for an entire offseason again. Brady had the best QB performance in a losing effort and I spent six months still hearing how Brady is over the hill and can’t get it done anymore. I mean….those people are morons, their arguments are dopey, but it’s still annoying to listen to. I guess it’s anyone’s tournament to win, and I should hold out hope, but with five other Lombardis in the case already, I’m just hoping for style points now.

  30. Chris Jones v Andrews is the key matchup

    Mahomes containment is the other big question

    expecting a classic

  31. henry53 says:
    January 19, 2019 at 11:02 am

    The Chiefs’ D allowed 421 points during the regular season. They’re hardly a defensive juggernaut. It will be business as usual for the Pats.

    ***********************************************************************************

    277, about 66%, of those 421 points were allowed on the road and 97 points came in just 2 games, they still won 5 of 8. It’s an entirely different defense when playing at home.

  32. We didn’t let Tom get sacked ONCE last week. I believe that stat line was the same against Denver in 2015, then in the AFC Championship Game, Wade Phillips had a GEM of a game plan. Justin Houston, even spying on Tommy is enough to have to game plan around that guy. This is the biggest game in the last 25 or so years for KC. Who wants it more? The crafty veterans and the GOAT Coach? or the Young Guns with a GREAT COACH

  33. Ppl are saying, well if Bosa and the 9th ranked def cant do it, um Justin Houston is different kind of monster than Bosa and the Chiefs may be the 27th Ranked def but 1st in sacks ppl.

  34. Chargers didn’t have Chris Jones. He’s the difference maker. No other dlineman in the league, not named Aaron Donald, played better than Jones this year

  35. I read many if not all the articles about the Patriots and the Chiefs. It seems that the Patriots already lost to the Chiefs with all the gushings about the Chiefs. It was the same outpouring of honey praises with the Chargers against the Patriots. Then the writers turn around and say that Brady has no ground in saying that everybody thinks they suck after they beat the Chargers. We know… we know… the Pats are underdogs roster-wise. Nothing to gush about their defense and their offense has falling off the cliff Brady and the ghost of his old self, Gronk. We’ll see.

  36. thecape15 says:
    January 19, 2019 at 8:31 am

    But New England has a new offensive lineman who dominates.

    Gronk.

    _________________________

    Ah,yes…love the wham block.

  37. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    January 19, 2019 at 11:43 am
    hedleykow says:
    January 19, 2019 at 11:02 am
    Watching Gronk trying to make a tackle at the three-yard line is the best comedy act ever.
    ———————————————–

    And the coach that put him in that position is slated to become the new HC of your team chip.

    Flores isnt the special teams coach. 🤣

  38. His tongue will be dragging after chasing the GOAT all day tomorrow. Tom doesn’t take sacks.

  39. One way to put the Patriots in third-and-long is with phantom holding calls on the o-line, and allowing the defense to hold the receivers, or push off calls on receivers. I guarantee we will see this at some point in the game. The defense will hold the receivers on every play and the referees can’t throw the flag on every play. That will be the strategy. It works when the team doing it is the home team. The Patriots will have to have an amazing effort to win this game. They’re going to have to have a dominant performance. I believe the league wants KC and LA to win. They want that l a TV Market, and there’s a backroom deal for Kansas City in exchange for cutting Kareem Hunt and saving the NFL the embarrassment of Ray Rice Part II.

  40. Blah blah blah, the Patriots o line is underrated. They are Healthy and an awesome element of the sensational running back unit of the greatest team of salary cap dynasty.” The New England Patriots”
    Anyway you look at it they are in the AFC championship game!

  41. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 19, 2019 at 3:10 pm
    You won’t hear his name on Sunday, I promise you

    ———

    You won’t here the name of any of your Jets’ players either

  42. Patriots will win in a landslide. Second time around Belichick will draw something up to fluster and shut down the inexperienced KC offense.

  43. ***IMPORTANT See = lanman11 says: January 19, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    This is exactly what happened to the Colts.
    KC got away with mugging the Colts WRs. They were being tackled before the ball got to them and no flags were thrown against KC.

    Mahomes & KC have replaced Peyton/Colts as the NFL’s new Darling.

    I hope I am wrong, but I have this sick feeling that the NFL will give the game to KC because they want Brady, BB & the Patriots to go away.

  44. This is going to be a bear of a game. The game will hinge on how the Pats control Tyreek Hill. What the Patriots D does against him and Kelce make all the difference. Justin Houston and Chris Jones can get sacks and still lose because Brady can make some magic happen.

    Ultimately, KC might be the better team on paper and is at home with arguably the greatest HF advantage in the NFL, but the Pats (as underdogs) seem to rise to the occasion in the playoffs.

    I am torn because I want them to win, but only if they win the Super Bowl, too because I HATE that as a fan. It is such a stomach punch.

  45. Quote “They have a coach on the field [Brady]. He sees everything. He’s been playing for a while, so there’s nothing you can throw at him that he hasn’t seen. To give us the best chance of winning we have to keep him off the field and keep our offense on the field.”

    Exactly right. KC has to pressure Tom Terrific and keep the NE offense on the bench where they belong. The other thing that can help KC is the Pat’s mediocre defense … which is unfortunately better than last year’s. Keeping the NE offense off the field and some NE defensive bloopers can help the Chiefs win this game.

  46. Pretty easy to get sacks when playing from ahead when you know the other team is passing. Good luck getting the Patriots in that position.

  47. The important thing is pats are coached by Bill Bellichick.

    KC is coached by Andy Reid

    End of discussion.

  48. All that matters is the game Sunday but trying to say the Chiefs d is somehow immacuately better is ridiculous. The Pats aren’t the Colts and Chiefs d is not as good as the Chargers d or even the Patriots d for that matter. If there’s a defense that will be the difference tomorrow it will be the Patriots d. Neither d is stopping those offenses all day.

  49. RGisvacuous says:
    January 19, 2019 at 6:44 am
    Dante Scarnecchia…THE most important assistant coach the Patriots have…will take care of this guy. Bosa and Ingram hardly laid a finger on Brady last week…JJ Watt, Von Miller, Jadeveon Clowney, Kahlil Mack and a host of others have essentially been neutralized by DS’s schemes…tomorrow night you can add Houston, Jones, and Co. to the list.

    ———————-

    winner.

    plus, pats have cannon, burkhead, jc jackson and the suddenly sneaky hot, dorsett, in this game

    the media is quick to mislead

    kc played 1 or 2 good teams at home this year and sd dropped 29 on them

    do the math

    pats won’t be intimidated

  50. jldaven48 says:
    January 19, 2019 at 12:20 pm
    henry53 says:
    January 19, 2019 at 11:02 am

    The Chiefs’ D allowed 421 points during the regular season. They’re hardly a defensive juggernaut. It will be business as usual for the Pats.

    ***********************************************************************************

    277, about 66%, of those 421 points were allowed on the road and 97 points came in just 2 games, they still won 5 of 8. It’s an entirely different defense when playing at home.

    18 12 Rate This

    —————

    against whom?

    arizona, sf, jac, balt?

    hint: ne is better than sd who dropped 29

  51. “The team that plays well has a good chance to win” (or some variation thereof)

    — Bill Belichick

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