NEW ENGLAND (10-1) at HOUSTON (7-4)
Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
OPENING LINE — Patriots by 4
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Patriots 7-4, Texans 5-6
SERIES RECORD — Patriots lead 10-1
LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Texans 27-20, Sept. 9, 2018
LAST WEEK — Patriots beat Cowboys 13-9; Texans beat Colts 20-17
AP PRO32 RANKING — Patriots No. 2; Texans No. 10
PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (23), PASS (8).
PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (9), PASS (2).
TEXANS OFFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (7), PASS (12).
TEXANS DEFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (17), PASS (25).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — New England can clinch playoff berth with win, plus loss or tie by Pittsburgh or Oakland. Can also clinch berth with tie and combination of losses by Oakland and Pittsburgh, Oakland and Indianapolis or Pittsburgh and Indianapolis. … Victory would extend Patriots’ NFL record to 10 straight seasons with at least 11 wins. … Patriots coach Bill Belichick can earn his 15th win against former assistant coach. His record against former assistants turned head coaches is 14-9; Belichick is 4-0 in regular season and 5-0 overall against Texans. … Patriots allowing NFL-low 10.6 points per game and lead league with 20 interceptions and 29 total takeaways. … Patriots have allowed 117 points through 11 games. Since NFL moved to 16-game schedule, only seven teams have allowed fewer than 200 points in season. … New England defense has held teams to 25 for 132 (18.9%) on third downs. … Patriots have blocked three punts in 2019, tied for franchise record (1986). … With 58 yards passing Sunday, Tom Brady will reach 3,000 yards in single season for 17th time in career, second most in NFL history to Brett Favre. … Brady has thrown for more than 300 yards 15 times in Sunday night games. Patriots are 76-15 in Brady’s 91 career 300-yard games. … S Devin McCourty is tied for league lead with five INTs. … LB Jamie Collins leads team with six sacks. … With one interception, CB Stephon Gilmore will tie his career high for picks in season with five, set in 2016 with Bills. … Houston’s only win over Patriots came in 34-27 victory on Jan. 3, 2010. … QB Deshaun Watson has 1,033 yards passing with 10 TDs and one INT in past three at home. He has 18 TDs and three INTs in seven career prime-time games. … RB Carlos Hyde has had 65 yards rushing or more in four straight games. … WR DeAndre Hopkins had 94 yards receiving and two TDs last week for 10th career game with two or more touchdown receptions. … WR Kenny Stills had eight catches for 135 yards and TD in last game against Patriots with Miami last season. … LB Zach Cunningham had career-high 16 tackles last week for second straight game with 10 or more tackles. … LB Benardrick McKinney had 11 tackles last week. … LB Brennan Scarlett had six tackles, including one for loss last week. … NT D.J. Reader had career-high two sacks in last game against New England. … Fantasy tip: Houston WR Will Fuller had seven catches for 140 yards last week in return from injury. Fuller has 21 receptions for 357 yards and three TDs in last two outings at home.
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