New England Patriots at Houston Texans
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are facing the Houston Texans for a fifth consecutive
season, but this marks the first trip to Houston since their 27-6 victory at NRG
Stadium on Dec. 13, 2015. The Patriots are 10-1 overall against the Texans,
including a 3-1 mark in Houston. Quarterback Tom Brady is 21-12 in 33 Sunday
Night Football starts, passing for 300-plus yards 15 times.
Defensively the Patriots have been extraordinary, posting an NFL-high 20
interceptions while allowing just nine total touchdowns. Since the NFL went to a 16-
game schedule, the fewest touchdowns allowed by a defense in a season is 16
(1986 Chicago Bears, 2000 Baltimore Ravens). With a win, the Patriots would
extend their record of consecutive seasons with at least 11 victories to 10 in a row.,
Houston Texans Odds
The Houston Texans are 0-5 against New England under Bill Oâ€™Brien, a former
assistant to Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Houston has not defeated the Patriots since
Week 17 of the 2009 season. Quarterback Deshaun Watson needs 237 passing
yards to become the sixth player in NFL history to surpass 9,000 passing yards
through their first 35 games. Watson has passed for 477 yards and three
touchdowns (with three interceptions) over two starts against the Patriots.
Texans receiver Kenny Stills recorded season highs in receptions (eight) and
receiving yards (135) against the Patriots while with the Miami Dolphins in Week 14
last season. The Texans rank 12th in passing offense with 244.7 yards per game
and ninth with 7.42 pass yards per play.