Tom Brady credited the Texans for having a tough defense (Kirby Lee/NFL)

No one is giving the Texans a chance to beat the Patriots this week. New England is currently a 16 point favorite over Houston in the Divisional round. Pats quarterback Tom Brady gave Houston’s defense a ringing endorsement knowing that he could have some trouble scoring this weekend.

“They have a damn good defense,” Brady said Monday morning on WEEI, via ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss. “There is nothing easy about this game for our offense. We’re going to have to go grind it out. We have to go get our mind right and we will. We had a good week of practice last week and we need to carry it over into today and all the way through Saturday night.”

Houston ranked 1st in yards allowed this season which stands to reason why Brady paid his respect. Nevertheless, New England defeated Houston 27-0 with third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett back in week 3. Brady isn’t going to take the Texans lightly this week despite the shutout win earlier in the season.

“I don’t think you take anything for granted,” he said. “I don’t think you mail in your preparation. I think we go about it the exact same way we’ve gone about it all year — we put everything into it this week, we empty the tank in our practices, which we always do, and then you come out the end of the week with confidence and ready to go out there and show everyone that we’re prepared and we can play.”