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NEW ENGLAND (8 - 3) at HOUSTON (2 - 9)
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Week 13 Sunday, 12/1/2013 1:00 PM
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443NEW ENGLAND-3-6.5
NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-3+4.56-55-626.211.6370.9(5.4)1.420.910.1360.1(5.3)2.1
Road Games2-3-1.51-42-321.210.8362.4(5.4)1.622.29.4353.4(5.3)1.2
Last 3 Games2-1+12-12-136.39.0480.0(6.7)2.028.714.7397.0(5.9)2.3
Grass Games0-1-10-10-120.03.0390.0(6)
NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)26.211.622.429:4529-126(4.3)23-3959.8%245(6.3)69-371(5.4)(14.2)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.811.819.130:5026-102(3.9)22-3660.7%236(6.5)62-338(5.4)(14.8)
Offense Road Games21.210.822.229:4226-114(4.4)24-4157.0%249(6)67-362(5.4)(17.1)
Defense (All Games)20.910.121.532:2031-140(4.5)21-3756.0%220(6)68-360(5.3)(17.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23122031:5127-108(4)22-3662.1%239(6.7)63-346(5.5)(15.1)
Defense Road Games22.29.421.832:1633-127(3.9)22-3463.9%226(6.7)66-353(5.3)(15.9)
NEW ENGLAND - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.51.5214-537.4%1-041.5%2-48(22.9)24-2(10.6)6-54
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 15-743.5%1-025.0%2-38(19)2-16(8.1)7-63
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.20.71.8 14-539.1%1-045.8%2-48(23.3)19-2(9)6-56
Stats Against (Road Games) 15-747.3%1-033.3%1-29(21)1-13(9.6)8-56

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-9-18.42-97-418.110.6363.5(5.4)1.826.313.1290.4(5.2)0.7
Home Games1-5-15.40-65-119.312.3407.2(5.8)
Last 3 Games0-3-111-22-117.712.3282.3(4.5)1.322.712.7335.3(5.4)1.0
Grass Games2-7-16.41-86-318.410.1388.8(5.7)2.025.812.6291.8(5.2)0.6
HOUSTON - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)18.110.620.032:2727-116(4.4)24-4060.2%247(6.2)67-363(5.4)(20.1)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.51119.530:0927-110(4.1)21-3561.7%234(6.7)61-344(5.6)(16)
Offense Home Games19.312.321.333:1328-131(4.7)24-4258.3%276(6.6)70-407(5.8)(21.1)
Defense (All Games)26.313.115.929:0128-119(4.2)16-2858.1%172(6.1)56-290(5.2)(11.1)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.611.118.930:1327-111(4.1)20-3361.1%222(6.7)61-332(5.5)(14.7)
Defense Home Games25.59.514.829:2927-125(4.7)17-2957.5%162(5.6)56-287(5.1)(11.3)
HOUSTON - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.90.81.7213-536.9%1-043.6%3-60(23.5)18-2(7.7)6-55
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-536.4%1-050.0%2-55(26.3)3-35(12.5)7-52
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.51.5 14-537.3%1-046.1%2-53(23.5)23-2(9.3)7-54
Stats Against (Home Games) 14-430.6%0-066.7%2-53(24.5)3-26(9.7)7-60
Average power rating of opponents played: NEW ENGLAND 20.6,  HOUSTON 19.8
NEW ENGLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/6/2013@ CINCINNATI6-13L-2L45.5U18-8218-38-166239-16220-27-1792
10/13/2013NEW ORLEANS30-27W-2.5W51O35-14125-43-235126-13117-36-2302
10/20/2013@ NY JETS27-30L-3L43O20-9022-46-205152-17717-33-2061
11/18/2013@ CAROLINA20-24L3L45.5U25-10729-40-283223-10319-28-1970
12/1/2013@ HOUSTON            
12/15/2013@ MIAMI            
12/22/2013@ BALTIMORE            

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/6/2013@ SAN FRANCISCO3-34L4L42.5U30-13122-40-182436-1776-15-1070
10/13/2013ST LOUIS13-38L-9.5L42.5O30-15327-38-267425-9912-16-1170
10/20/2013@ KANSAS CITY16-17L6.5W38.5U24-7315-25-221132-12623-34-2312
11/10/2013@ ARIZONA24-27L4W42O21-7622-43-159129-9720-32-2353
12/1/2013NEW ENGLAND            
12/5/2013@ JACKSONVILLE            
12/15/2013@ INDIANAPOLIS            
12/29/2013@ TENNESSEE            
NEW ENGLAND: New England is consistently middle-of-the-pack in run/pass ratio, and that should hold this year. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' running game is a power scheme heavy on man blocking, and No. 1 back Stevan Ridley is a nice fit. However, Ridley's fumble-itis is an issue. Shane Vereen will get a lot of reps and is a better weapon in the passing game. The additions of Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins and re-signing of Julian Edelman, three solid blocking receivers, suggest they might test the perimeter more often. They also find work for a third back, either LeGarrette Blount or Brandon Bolden. The Patriots' passing game has become more and more spread. The tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, remain the focal points of the passing game when they're on the field, but both were doubtful for Week 1 when we went to press. Hernandez (legal trouble) is a moveable chess piece while Gronkowski (forearm injury) plays in-line and is often called upon to protect. Danny Amendola steps into the Wes Welker role and figures to lead the team in targets as long as he remains healthy. He'll likely slide outside when they play three wide. Rookie Aaron Dobson has a chance to see a lot of snaps on the outside. The Pats had more goal-to-go snaps than any NFL team last year, and skewed run-heavy with them. The Patriots finished T-9th in scoring defense in 2012, and led the NFL with 32 forced and 21 recovered fumbles, thanks to a stellar corps of linebackers anchored by LBs Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower. A healthy DE Chandler Jones has Pro Bowl potential, and DT Vince Wilfork is still a monster. The secondary hasn't been good for a long time, but the addition of S Adrian Wilson and the healthy return of CB Aqib Talib will certainly help.
HOUSTON: The cornerstone of Houston's offense remains its zone-blocking running scheme, though the club did slip from first to ninth in the NFL in terms of run/pass ratio. The offensive line has steadily developed into one of the NFL's best, a mobile group that specializes in (for now, still legal) cut blocking. It's a one-cut system for their backs, where Arian Foster thrives. The Texans seem to have lost some faith in Ben Tate, as Foster played a league-leading 847 snaps last season. The Texans use a conservative West Coast passing game that works off play-action but doesn't do a lot downfield. Andre Johnson is the centerpiece, a guy who gets moved around and is almost always Matt Schaub's first look. Tight end Owen Daniels still serves as the default No. 2 target, often working off Johnson on the same side of the field. Rookie DeAndre Hopkins will be more of a field stretcher on the opposite side. Foster was utilized less in the passing game last year, though Houston could look to rekindle the screen game considering Schaub's inability to get the ball deep. Houston is one of the NFL's most run-heavy red zone teams. Foster led the league in touchdowns of less than 10 yards last year (14) and had 71.9 percent of Houston's touches inside the 10. Just the presence of Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt (NFL-best 20.5 sacks, 39 TFL) is enough to make the Texans a strong defense, and the addition of playmaking FS Ed Reed (9 career TD) and the healthy return of ILB Brian Cushing makes them truly elite. CBs Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson are stellar shutdown corners. Versatile Danieal Manning should have little trouble shifting from free safety to strong safety, and the team expects big things from OLB Whitney Mercilus in his second season.
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*Patriots-Texans Preview* =========================


While much has changed since these teams met in the playoffs, the New England Patriots know better than to overlook the woeful Houston Texans.

The Patriots try to build on last weekend's remarkable victory Sunday when they visit the Texans, who are mired in their longest losing streak in franchise history.

After falling behind 24-0, New England (8-3) stormed back to beat Denver 34-31 in overtime last Sunday. Tom Brady threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns and Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:56 left in OT after the Patriots recovered a live ball on a botched punt at the Broncos' 13-yard line.

"One thing we've shown is that, mentally, we have some toughness. We've been in some bad situations," coach Bill Belichick said. "We've been able to hang in there even when it hasn't always looked great. But, really, I would say that the season for us is kind of starting now.

"The teams that play well in November, December and January, those are the teams that are standing in the end."

New England, which has won 27 of 29 in December, increased its lead in the AFC East to three games after New York and Miami both lost last week. While the Patriots are closing in on a fifth consecutive division title, the Texans (2-9) have taken a big step back after two straight South crowns.

Houston, which went a franchise-best 12-4 last season before eventually falling 41-28 at New England in the divisional playoffs Jan. 13, is tied with Jacksonville in last place. The Texans have averaged just 15.3 points in losing nine straight.

"It's been tough. It's been frustrating," said six-time Pro Bowler Andre Johnson, whose 1,002 receiving yards rank fourth in the NFL. "If I had to bet my life I wouldn't think we would be in this position."

Despite Houston's woes, New England isn't expecting anything to come easy.

"They have a lot of the same guys they had last year," said Brady, who is 4-1 lifetime against the Texans, including playoffs. "We're not even concerned about the record. You look at what they can do defensively and the kind of playmakers they have. ... They have probably the best front we've faced all season.

"We have a big challenge. I don't think we've really performed to our level of what we need to. We're still building and trying to figure out what kind of team we're going to be. This will be a good week to see if we can finally put together 60 good minutes."

Houston came up short in losing 13-6 to Jacksonville. Rookie Case Keenum, who was benched the previous week against Oakland, recorded a passer rating of 54.7 after going 18 of 34 for 169 yards and an interception.

"We've got to find a way to eliminate some of the mistakes and some of the things that are happening to him," said coach Gary Kubiak, who plans to stick with Keenum for the time being. "I think those will happen as he continues to play. You just, you want to find a young man some success."

The ground game has also struggled, averaging 81.0 yards over the last three weeks. Ben Tate, who will continue to start in place of the injured Arian Foster, carried the ball seven times for one yard against the Jaguars. Backup Dennis Johnson had 74 yards on 13 attempts.

Tate could find more running room against a Patriots defense gashed for a season-worst 280 rushing yards last week. New England is allowing 139.7 per game to rank 31st in the NFL.

"I don't know if he ever got into a rhythm with what he's doing," Kubiak said of Tate, who has been playing with broken ribs. "We know what he's going through. He's not practicing during the week, he's just playing on Sundays. So I know that's tough ... but I think Ben will bounce back."

Patriots running back Stevan Ridley could be in for a reduced role after fumbling in three straight games. He and LeGarrette Blount, who also lost a fumble in the first quarter against Denver, were benched for the remainder of the night.

Brandon Bolden ran for 58 yards and a touchdown while fellow back Shane Vereen compiled 91 total yards. Vereen had 124 total yards and three TDs against the Texans in January.

Houston will also need to be wary of Rob Gronkowski, who has scored in three straight games. Gronkowski leads all tight ends with 433 receiving yards - 80 more than the closest pursuer - since debuting in Week 7.

"Know your plan and be prepared," reigning defensive player of the year J.J. Watt said when asked how to stop New England. "You have to know exactly what you're supposed to do and how you're supposed to execute it."

The Texans, allowing an NFL-low 290.4 yards per game, also rank first in passing defense with 171.8. They could make things difficult on Brady, who has one touchdown and three interceptions during the Patriots' three-game road losing streak.

New England hasn't dropped four straight away from home since 2000.

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