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From Connor Cook to Tom Brady: Texans' QB challenge gets big upgrade

Wed Jan 11 07:06:59 EST 2017 | ESPN USA
HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans' defense thrived in a playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders. But that was against Connor Cook, a rookie quarterback making his first NFL start. In Saturday's divisional-round matchup against the top-seeded New England Patriots, Houston will face a much tougher challenge -- Tom Brady. Texans coach Bill O'Brien, who worked closely with Brady as a coach in New England, did not mince words when talking about the three-time Super Bowl MVP. "To me, he's the best quarte..

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