The final game of NFL Divisional Playoff weekend takes place on the AFC side, as the Patriots host the Texans in a game many think will wind up being a repeat of their week 14 battle.
That night the Pats picked apart the Texans, helping them continue their late season slide as the Patriots pounded Houston 42-14.
In that game Tom Brady threw touchdown passes on the first three drives for the high-powered Patriots. If they can jump out to a 10-point lead or more, the Pats should be able to ground Arian Foster, who needs to have a huge day for the Pats to win Sunday.
Houston also needs to get to Brady and pressure him. The Texans pass rush produced 44 sacks for the league’s fifth-highest total but dropped Brady just once in week 14.
J.J. Watt will need to have a big game, last time out he recorded just two tackles, not enough if the Texans will get a win. Against the Bengals in the Wild Card round, the Texans D limited Cincy to 198 total yards.
The Texans have not had nearly as good as a second half as they did the first half, and Brady and company should be able to have another solid day vs them.
Look for the Pats with Rob Gronkowski and company to once again roll up the points, and for the Texans run at Lombardi to fall short for the second straight year in round two.
New England 34 Houston 20