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By the way, tonight, the New England Patriots traveling on the road here to Houston, Texas, at the Energy Stadium to take on the Houston Texans in this game tonight, the Patriots heading into this match up with a 10 and one record five in the one on the road today, heading into this game as far as the Houston Texans, they have a record of seven and four overall.
Four and one at home so far this season have go right into the Patriots preview for you guys today.
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The Patriots are favored in this one by three points into these matchup over the Texans over under for today's game.
Set up at 46 a half points between these two teams.
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The Patriots have been getting the Houston Texans number every single time.
The Patriots are owning the Texans leading overall.
Siri's 10 wins by New England.
That loan loss was set back and generate 30 2010 when the Patriots lost 34 to 27 at Houston.
That was weeks 17 of the 2009 season, right after New Year's on January 30 2010.
The pages that have won the last three straight games.
The past to have been close ones, though 27 to 20 during week 1 to 2018.
And then week 3 2017 There was a shootout game 36 to 33.
Tom Brady funding Brandin cooks for the game winning touchdown against just Shawn Watson in his rookie season.
But as far as the Patriots, they have 17 players here on the injury report that did pop up as questionable.
Now I'm going to go through this injury report for you guys once again.
Because the injury report was big big news during this week for the Patriots.
17 players that haven't reported questionable two players that haven't down Mom graded out as well.
Ryan iso has been rolled out and also two more players to add to that list would be for the Patriots, as that would be.
Ah, that was Jason McCourty that has been ruled out as well.
Downgraded to out and also defensive tackle Byron Coward.
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Go through here to 17 players that did pop up question on the injury report.
Mohammed Sunu and Philip Door set those air two of the biggest names as far as wide receivers because they are questionable, they cannot go today Once again.
That would mean that McKeel Harry and also wide receiver Jacoby Meyers, both of the rookies, would be able to receive much more snaps on the field and make more of an impact for today's game.
If Cindy what door set were you appear to be out? They were out during the last game, by the way against Dallas, joining Element popped up A Ninja report.
Of course, he should be able to be good to go for this match of Matt use later as well, with a hamstring injury popped up in the engine report.
He is the core special teamer on this team.
They'll leave the special teamer on the team.
He is such an underrated player, but he is so valued on this Patriots team what he does in the locker room, in and off the field on It's just awesome what Matthew Slater does.
And he was a big component by the Patriots won the last game with a punt block that Slater had that turned into six points with a Brady pass over the new keel.
Harry at the back shoulder feed for the touchdown.
But Matthew Slater is questionable for this matchup.
Like when can he ever stay healthy? Hopefully, is able to good Thio be good to go today for the left tackle markets kid and though hadn't held an illness this week, I saw in the Patriots YouTube video after the game with the Patriots celebrations that Marcus Cannon actually gave Bob Kraft Ah ah, fist bump instead of a hand chic after the game, which looked appear to be that markets cannon was well under the weather.
After that game, he appeared to be sick.
But these players, that's ill this week for the Patriots.
Should most of them should be able to go today.
Jermaine Jermaine L.
Also questionable into these matchup.
John Bentley Question While Jamie Collins and Dante Hi Hightower Boat to impact linebackers on this team question for this matchup for this game.
Jason McCord. He was questioned on the injury.
Port has been downgraded to out for this one. Samos.
Byron Coward, the defensive tackle downgraded to out Stefan Gilmore popped up in the injury port with an illness, so he should be good to go.
John Williams also question on the M their questionable Patrick Chung.
The last player question on Enlist nine players.
Will do the illness for the pictures this week.
By the way, a couple other big news for Patriots is We kick her.
Nick Folk was released on Black Friday.
He had an emergency surgery on his appendix removed.
Also, he has been released to the Patriots will now go with their fourth kicker on the team that they have had.
Ah, this season.
Kai Forbath was then signed by the Patriots, the fourth kicker, the season a taking Nick Folk spot and the last two games for the Patriots, though talking about past history against the Houston Texans were those last two games were really closed.
Boat starts by the Shard wallets and back in last season, Week 1 to 2018 the Patriots did 1 27 2 22 final.
And then, during re 3 2017 the Patriots did pull off a narrow victory, 36 to 33 a very hot week.
Three game at Gillette in mid late September.
But we'll take a look here at some of the things for today's match up.
The Patriots can actually clinch a playoff berth if they have.
This scenario happened today, so the pages can clinch a playoff berth if they could get a victory today and then also combine that with a loss, either by the Pittsburgh Steelers, order, Oakland Raider Resort IQ and of the Steelers or the Raiders tie today as well.
For the pages to quench that playoff birthday will be the first team to do so this season as far as the pages.
While it's gonna be this type of game, the number one defense and fewest points allowed by New England this year's they allowed 10.
6 points per game to their opponents, going up against the Houston Texans offense, ranking on number seven so far in the NFL.
As far as average yards per game.
They they have around 382 yards per game this season, on total for the Houston Texans, as far as the Patriots will, the defense in the secondary big, big key component here why they are number one in the NFL for fewest points allowed it it starts over there with the turnover differential that Patriots of plus 19 with their turnover differential on differential this season.
They also have 20 interceptions on the year, which they reek first in the NFL.
Also 29 total takeaways, all first in the NFL in all through those categories.
Turnover differential, interceptions and total takeaways.
Watson There was done a great job with a football.
This year. He has 20 passing touchdowns.
The only seven picks for the shard, the wallets and the Houstons been able to run the ball effectively, too.
That's something that they have struggled the past few years to do is run the football effectively, but the Texans ranked number seven right now in the NFL in rushing is they run the ball around an average of 140 games 140 yards per game this season and also for Houston.
They are tied for second rate now in the NFL with an average of five yards per carry.
So that's going well for the Houston Texans as well, running the football, pounding the rock as far as the Patriots Russian defense that has improved greatly so far the past couple of games.
They gave up some big rushing yards over the Frank Gore from Buffalo on Week four to give up a big game as well.
On the ground to Nick Shove during week eight Week nine to go, smashed on the ground of Lamar Jackson and marking room for over 200 as a team allowed.
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So now we'll take a look at the last key component for this one.
The keys to the game.
We'll take a look at the Patriots first year where their keys, the game and now look later took take a look at the Houston Texans.
Soas faras the Patriots their keys to the game for this one.
Run the football effectively.
They need a pound.
The rock here in this game.
Run the football effectively have their offensive line open up, hold something that they have struggled throughout the entire season to do.
But some some good promise there.
In the last game against the Cowboys, Sony Michelle rushed for 85 yards in the ground.
That 20 carries.
That was goodbye, Sony.
That's the third highest yardage that he has had on the ground the season behind what he had against the Redskins and the Giants earlier this year.
The Houston, Texas.
They do rake mid pack 17th in the NFL against the run.
So Sony Michelle will elect to take on the challenge and see if he can get his 1st 100 plus rushing yard game of the season.
Number two to the key of the game for the Patriots, tonight is now.
They finally get to play in a dome of good weather control climate right in a dome.
It's not down pouring rain and windy conditions outside Gillette Stadium.
It's going to be a great game tonight inside a climate control, the weather conditions and a dome.
And that means that Tom Brady in the passing attack alongside his weapons, the young guns I need to step up in this game and delivered.
I'm talking about Jacoby Meyers and that key.
Oh, Harry, these two wideouts need to deliver tonight for New England Patriots. Jacoby Meyers.
We'll see if you can build off last week's game.
You have four receptions for 74 yards versus Dallas this past Sunday in a Kill Harry, also at his first ever NFL receiving touchdown.
Now we'll take a look at some more keys to the game here for the New England Patriots, a secondary for the Patriots.
Once again, they need to be locked down.
They'll have to lock down the top target for the Houston Texans.
DeAndre Hopkins, and also lock down the number to target on.
The team. Will fullerenes.
They'll have to be shut down like they were last week against Amari Cooper. Expect.
Expect Stefan Gilmore to be covering DeAndre Hopkins for this game.
By the way, the secondary will need to step up in a big way once again.
they've been doing it throughout this entire season.
That is why they have a plus 19 turnover differential leads the NFL in that factor as faras the last key to the game here.
For the Patriots, that's one.
The last key to the game for New England is the stop.
The running back for Houston running back Carlos Hyde.
He is averaging 4.
8 yards per carry this season, right before right below five yards on the ground he is averaging.
So Carlos Hyde needs to be stopped for the Patriots today in the number seven rushing attack for the Houston Texans so that our arm that happens to be the keys to the game today for the new wing on pages.
Now we'll take a look at the Houston Texans and their key sticks success in this battle tonight with New England.
So Houston at home, we'll take a look at key number one for the Texans tonight.
That would have to be putting pressure on the quarterback.
Tom Brady is the Houston Texans rate 29th in the NFL in sacks with only 22 sacks this season.
Watt, also done for the year, and he has four sacks out of those 22 this year for Houston.
The Houston Texans will really need to put pressure on the quarterback and Tom Brady and try to get to Thomas much as possible, Trying to take advantage of the Patriots offensive line number two here for a key to success for the Texans tonight is DeAndre.
Hawkins needs to get separation out there on the field, open up the field more for his fellow wideout.
Well, Fuller and other players as well as far as tight and Jordan Atkins as DeAndre Hopkins will need.
Open up that field.
Get separation on Stefan Gilmore.
Hopkins is the leading wide receiver for the Texans.
The season would 839 receiving yards in six receiving touchdowns.
The next key to this game for Houston tonight is that the Texas really needs a win that possession battle and control the football much more than the Patriots.
That is something that the Baltimore Ravens were able to do, and they got the victory because of it against Houston.
The Houston Texans will need to do that today.
They need to control the possession of the football in.
The last key for the Texans in this matchup tonight is that the Texans need to start forcing takeaways and need to start forcing turnovers.
The Texans raking at the bottom half of the NFL 21st in NFL as far as total take away.
So that happens to be the keys of this game.
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I like to let you guys know my final score prediction for tonight's match up.
I have the Patriots.
History loves to define itself, and I really do think that the Patriots are gonna come in here.
Give Bill O'Brien and his team some problems.
Once again, I do like the Patriots and Bill Belichick, the smart out, the other Bill Bill O'Brien in this matchup.
That's where I like New England in this game, 2113 over to Houston, Texans in tonight's matchup.
So that is my prediction on the game.
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