New England Patriots vs Houston Texans: Game Preview

The New England Patriots look secure a playoff berth against the Houston Texans Sunday night at NRG Stadium. Photo Credit: Angel Rick Leal

By: Angel Rick Leal

Game Info
New England Patriots vs Houston Texans
Sunday December 1 – 7:20 p.m.
TV: NBC
NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas

Records Before Game
New England Patriots ( 10-1 )
Houston Texans ( 7-4 )

The New England Patriots come into today’s game with 30% of their roster sick with the flu according to different sources throughout the league. Same was said with the Dallas Cowboys when they played the Patriots. So I’m guessing this flu is spreading to every team they encounter. Houston surely doesn’t need this sickness with the season coming to a close in a hurry. It’s already December 1 and the last game is December 29th. Since 2002 the Houston Texans have only been able to defeat the Patriots one time out of eleven tries. I was actually a spectator during the game we won when Gary Kubiak was Head Coach.  Definitely a game I’ll never forget, Houston 34 – New England 27, January 3, 2010.

Tonight the Texans will be looking to end a winless decade against the New England Patriots and sneak a win in before this set of time comes to a close.  Last week, Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson hit DeAndre Hopkins for two touchdowns on Thursday night to lead the Texans to a 20-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in a battle for the AFC South division lead. Watson passed for 298 yards on 19/30 attempts with a pair of TDs and one INT. Texans Receiver Will Fuller pitched in with 7 receptions for 140 yards averaging 20 yards per catch. With Texans Kenny Stills healthy, this should have the Patriots defense at attention.

The New England pass defense has been insane this year only allowing 158 yards per game, 53.9 completion percentage and with only four passing touchdowns.  On the season so far, Houston Texans Deshaun Watson has passed for 2,899 yards, 20 TDs and only 7 INTs giving him a passer rating of 103.4. Patriots QB, Tom Brady has thrown for 2,942 yards, 15 TDs, 5 INTs with a passer rating of 88.5.

Game Prediction
No matter what day or time or location, the Houston Texans haven’t been successful in defeating the six time Super Bowl Champions of New England. The Texans have a 1-10 record against the Patriots. This could be a lop sided high scoring game. The Texans are loaded with talent on the Offensive side and if perfect, have a chance to change this losing record and get back to winning. 

Final Score
Houston Texans – 42
New England Patriots – 35