Houston Texans Vs New England Patriots Preview
The New England Patriots face off against the Houston Texans as the two teams battle it out in the playoffs, en route to Super Bowl 51. The Texans have problems on the road and the last time they got this far, it was the Patriots that knocked them out over 4 years ago. The game is set to take place this weekend (01-15-2017).
The Houston Texans
The Texans have overcome many odds to get themselves a chance of getting into the AFC Championship game. They come into this game with a 10-7 record and after beating the Oakland Raiders side that was originally predicted to win. The Texans completed a 27-14 win with quarterback Brock Osweiler throwing for 168 yards and a touchdown.
Osweiler has been inconsistent this season and his performances have cost the team some important games but the Texans have tons of talent on the receiver end with Chris Hogan, Julian Edelman, Malcolm Mitchell, Danny Amendola and Michael Floyd all being available against the Patriots. Defensively, the Texans are allowing 4 yards per carry and have one of the best defenses in the NFL. In the regular season, the Texans conceded 301.3 yards and 20.5 points per game.
New England Patriots
The Patriots are 14-2 this season and have not failed to make it to the AFC Championship Game in the last 5 years. In Tom Brady, they have a veteran that is reliable and only conceded 2 interceptions so far this season. They are coming off a bye week after they dismissed the Dolphins 35-14 in their previous game. Brady was incredible in that game and his overall season stats are impressive, to say the least. He has thrown for 3,774 yards and 28 touchdowns this season. Defensively, the Patriots are allowing 3.9 yards per carry with Logan Ryan, Malcolm Butler and Eric Rowe playing exceptionally.
The last time these two teams met, the Patriots ran out clear winners in a 27-0 shutout. They have history, experience and consistency on their side and it will be surprising if they don’t make it to the AFC Championship Game and consequently, Super Bowl 51.