Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots Betting Odds, Analysis, NFL Pick

Alyssa BaileyJan 13, 2017

If the Texans can play defense like they did against the Oakland Raiders in last Saturday's 27-14 win in the Wild Card round, then it could happen. Brock Osweiler started the game and accounted for two touchdowns, which led to him immediately being declared the starter for next Saturday night's game against the New England Patriots. New England handed the Texans a 41-28 defeat in 2012's divisional round at Gillette in the only postseason meeting between the two teams. The Patriots dismantled the Texans 27-0 during Week 3 of the regular season and that win occurred with rookie third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

The Patriots, with a league-best 34.5 percent chance to win Super Bowl 51, according to PredictionMachine.com, have arguably the most balanced offense of any team left in the playoffs, and that might go unnoticed with Brady beating opponents through the air. Osweiler has had all sorts of deficiencies as a quarterback this year, but the main one has been his jumpiness when he's pressured. Justin Houston is going to be back in the lineup on the defensive side of the ball, and that's going to be a huge plus for them. He has to play a lot better than that. Quarterback Tom Brady was still serving his four-game suspension because of his role in DeflateGate and backup Jimmy Garoppolo was injured. The final blow was a 23-yard touchdown pass from Danny White to Drew Pearson with:47 seconds to go in the game. "We're going to go in and play our tails off". New England is followed by the Dallas Cowboys (17/4), Green Bay Packers (7/1), Atlanta Falcons (15/2), Pittsburgh Steelers (8/1), Kansas City Chiefs (9/1), Seattle Seahawks (12/1), and Houston Texans (80/1). A forfeit occurs only when a game is not played because of the failure or refusal of one team to participate. That means, the Texans front-seven will have to open the game with blitzes on the Patriots. He'd cede his spot to Tom Savage, who of course got hurt, and handed it right back to Osweiler for the playoffs. (Especially when they win!) And they are playing at Tom Brady and the Patriots, in Brady's revenge year, in front of a insane Foxborough crowd, at night.

"We just think about all the stuff that he can do", defensive tackle Alan Branch said. The Texans, while lacking the talent that New England possesses, aren't going to let a large point spread keep them from taking the field Saturday night.

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The Texans defense will do their best to make Brady uncomfortable, like the other quarterbacks they've faced this year. "Football's not played in Vegas or anything, so I really don't think any of that matters".

The Texans defense finished the season as the top-rated squad in the NFL.

I think we rushed for over 120 yards, which is good. "All around, a great run blocker and pass blocker".

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But for whatever reason, the 6-foot-8 right-hander is hesitant to make those throws with any regularity.

Patriots Pro Bowl safety Devin McCourty meanwhile insisted his team-mates would not distracted by the long odds against a Texans victory.

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