“It’s very important,” Brown said. “Looking at the outing we had against Jacksonville last time, it was probably our worst performance of the year but it’s very important for us to go out and get that bad taste out of our mouth. We know we are going to go against a physical group with that defense so we have to have a great amount of intensity and a great physicality throughout four quarters.”
Houston’s strategy was to run the ball early and often to keep Tom Brady and New England off the field as much as possible, according to Brown.
“It gave us an ability to have a balanced attack so when we had to drop back we were better prepared to protect and having to protect a little longer than normal,” Brown said. “I think it was just an intensity thing. We just came out with a lot of intensity, a lot of energy and we just fed off of that throughout the game.”