Houston Texans (1-1) at New England Patriots (1-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Gillette Stadium)
The Line: New England Patriots -14 -- Over/Under: 44 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Houston Texans and the New England Patriots face off in week 3 NFL action from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
The Houston Texans will look to build some momentum after going on the road and taking down the Bengals by a final score of 13-9 in week 2. Deshaun Watson put forth a solid debut, going 15 of 24 passing for 125 yards, while also leading Houston in rushing with 67 yards and a touchdown on his 5 carries. Lamar Miller racked up 61 yards on the ground with his team-leading 18 carries for the Texans’ ground attack. DeAndre Hopkins was one of just 4 Texans’ receivers to catch a pass in the win, leading the team with 7 receptions for 73 yards. Defensively, the Texans combined to force a fumble which they recovered while also logging 3 sacks as a team, holding Cincy to just 295 yards of total offense in the win.
The New England Patriots will be looking to build on their first win of the year as well, a 36-20 win over New Orleans in week 2. Tom Brady got back to looking like Tom Brady, throwing for 447 yards and 3 TDs on 30 of 39 passing. Mike Gillislee led the Pats’ backfield with 18 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown. Rob Gronkowski hauled in 6 catches for a team-high 116 yards and a touchdown before leaving due to injury, while Chris Hogan and Rex Burkhead also logged receiving TDs of their own in the win. Defensively, it was another suspect outing from the Pats, allowing 429 yards of total offense including 356 yards through the air while logging just a single sack in the win.
Houston is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a win and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games while the under is 703 in their last 10 games overall. New England is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a game where they covered the spread and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against the AFC while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall. The home team is 7-1-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
The Patriots took it to the Texans last season, winning both meetings, including a shutout win in week 3 with Brady serving his suspension. One would think the Texans would get up for this one, with revenge on their minds against a depleted Patriots’ receiving corps. However, if there’s one thing we know, it’s that Tom Brady can make anybody look like a superstar and can hang up points on any defense. I’m sure Deshaun Watson will have a solid career ahead of him, but I just can’t instill any confidence in him against one of the greatest of all time, especially on the road. I’ll lay the points with New England here.