NEPD Editor: James Christensen
It has been a long week listening to all the hype surrounding the impending Divisional Round Playoff game between the Houston Texans and the favored New England Patriots. I think we’re all ready for kickoff, although we’ll have to wait a few more days.
In today’s Open Thread, let’s discuss who will make the biggest impact for the Patriots if they are able to pull of a second straight win over AFC South champions.
For my pick, I’m going to step out of the normal realm of Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork or any of the skill position players on the offensive side of the ball. The offensive line got some early consideration from me as well.
My pick for the MVP of the game is free safety Devin McCourty.
McCourty will have to walk a tight line, making sure to take care of his deep coverage responsibilities, watching the ever dangerous Houston tight ends running down the seams, and making sure Arian Foster doesn’t get loose down the field.
If McCourty plays another good game this Sunday – you could argue that he has been the Patriots most valuable player on defense all year – the Patriots will have a great chance of another berth in the AFC Championship game.
Your turn – who is your pick for the Patriots impact player this Sunday?