New England Patriots vs Houston Texans Live: #473 New England Patriots -3 vs. #474 Houston Texans 44.5. In-depth Coverage. This is an in-depth analysis of this game, covering every …
How to Watch: Patriots vs Texans
What: New England Patriots at Houston Texans
When: Sunday Night Football, December 1 at 8:20 pm ET
Where: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
How (TV): NBC
Patriots vs Texans – Point Spread
Patriots -3, Texans +3
New England vs Houston – Game Preview
This should be a good one, a Sunday Night Football AFC battle worth watching between two divisional leaders, the 10-1 New England Patriots, and the 7-4 Houston Texans, with the AFC East’s Patriots comfortable with their playoff chances while the AFC South’s Texans are desperately squeezing onto theirs.
The Patriots beat the hit-or-miss Dallas Cowboys last week, but their offense didn’t look all that mighty doing it, the final score 13-9, resulting in questions surfacing about whether old GOAT Tom Brady still has “it” after his 17-of-37 performance for 190 passing yards and a touchdown with zero interceptions for the win.
New England is coasting confidently towards the postseason while Houston is hanging on for dear life, so let’s take a quick look at how these two AFC rivals stack up against each other for their Week 13 Sunday Night Football confrontation.
For more on Week 13 check out our NFL Week 13 Power Rankings for a breakdown of each team’s performance over the past week.
The 10-1-0 New England Patriots
There are two ways to look at the 2019 New England Patriots right now – the first way involves questioning their offensive prowess since they have not been dominating games on that side of the ball as of late.
The second way takes its hat off to the Patriots’ defense that keeps shutting opponents down while Tom Brady slowly figures out who his current targets are (rookie N’Keal Harry? Newly acquired Mohamed Sanu? Definitely slot receiver Julian Edelman…) as the running game featuring Sony Michel and James White finally starts to get its footing.
These Patriots seem destined to play in yet another Super Bowl – they have the best defense in the league and they have GOATs, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, – and right now they look ready to go on the road (where they’re 5-1) to take on the Texans for (possibly) their eleventh win of the season.
For more on the Super Bowl check out our latest predictions on who will be the 2020 Super Bowl winner.
The 7-4-0 Houston Texans
The Houston Texans are coming off a close Week 12 home win against the divisional rival Indianapolis Colts by a score of 20-17 and have found victories in five of their last seven matchups, their record now 7-4 as they lead the AFC South.
But not by much – the Colts and the Tennessee Titans are just a win behind the Texans – so quarterback Deshaun Watson must figure out a way to lead his superior offense to a win over the Patriots’ superior defense, a matchup that should be a whole lot of fun to watch.
It’s going to be up to Houston’s defense to win this one – except their numbers aren’t that impressive right now and future Hall of Famer defensive end J.J. Watt is still out with an abdomen injury, so it will be up to emerging stars like linebacker Whitney Mercilus and strong safety Tashaun Gipson to step up and at least slow Brady’s offense down.
Patriots vs Texans History and Rivalry
These two AFC adversaries have met 11 total times (including 2 postseason games), with New England winning 10 of those times and Houston winning the other game.
The last time these two teams played was last season in September when the Texans traveled to Foxborough to get beaten by the Patriots by a touchdown, the final score 27-20.
If the Patriots win this matchup, they’ll move to 11-1-0 and stay high atop the AFC East as well as maintain their status as the leading candidate for the number one AFC playoff seed.
But if the Texans beat the odds and come out winners in this one, they’ll be 8-4-0 and stay ahead of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South and continue to stay in contention for the 3rd AFC playoff seed in the postseason.
Questions to Answer
Who’s favored to win this Week 13 Patriots-Texans matchup?
Which team has a better offense? Defense? Special teams?
Which team’s quarterback is more likely to lead his team to victory?
We’re going to briefly compare the Patriots and the Texans next and attempt to answer those questions and more.