New England Patriots vs Houston Texans prediction & preview 14.01.17
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The Houston Texans will biking to Foxborough to yield on the New England Patriots Saturday night in the Bounded annular of the playoffs. As the top berry in the AFC, the Patriots are advancing off a bye, while the Texans are beginning off a 27-14 win over the Oakland Raiders in the Wild Card round.
These two aggregation met aback in Anniversary 3, and New England won 27-0. Quarterback Tom Brady was still confined his four-game abeyance because of his role in DeflateGate and advancement Jimmy Garoppolo was injured. That larboard quarterback duties to Jacoby Brissett, who abounding in admirably in the blast win.
The Texans accept appear a continued way aback then, though. Led by its airless defense, Houston boasted the top-ranked aegis this season, even afterwards J.J. Watt for a lot of of the year.
Jadeveon Clowney & Co. did a arch job of accepting burden on Raiders amateur quarterback Connor Cook endure anniversary — creating turnovers and bottleneck up hasty lanes. Houston surrendered alone 203 absolute yards.
The Houston Texans assuredly won their aboriginal playoff bold in authorization history as they exhausted the Oakland Raiders, 27-14.
Head drillmaster Bill O’Brien absitively to go aback to Brock Osweiler at quarterback afterwards benching him in favor of Tom Savage for the final two weeks of the approved season. Osweiler wasn’t amazing – he accomplished 14-of-25 for 168 yards and accounted for two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) – but he fabricated abundant plays to absolve his start. Added importantly, he didn’t bandy an interception, the aboriginal time he’d done so in his endure seven games.
The alive bold rushed for 144 yards, although they could alone get beneath than 3 yards per backpack adjoin a characterless Raiders run defense.
With the Texans’ apathetic breach arena as expected, it was the Texans aegis that agitated the aggregation to victory. They absolutely shut down the Raiders’ Connor Cook-led offense, captivation them to just 203 absolute yards of offense. Cook, a third-string amateur QB authoritative his first-ever NFL start, went just 18-of-45 for 161 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions, one of which Jadeveon Clowney alternate for a pick-six.
Obviously, there will be a big footfall up in antagonism from Cook to Tom Brady, but that Houston aegis has been accomplished adjoin the canyon all season. The Texans accomplished No. 5 in the alliance in canyon aegis per DVOA. Tom Brady had his affliction bold of the division adjoin Denver’s appalling canyon rush, and with Clowney and Whitney Merciles the Texans accept the accoutrement to put some agnate burden on the Pats QB.
The Patriots (14-2) are in the playoffs for the eighth beeline year, attached the Green Bay Packers for the longest alive band in the NFL. New England hasn’t absent their postseason opener aback getting agitated at home in the bounded annular by the New York Jets afterward the 2010 season.
The next accident for New England could see its apprenticeship agents raided as both abhorrent coordinator Josh McDaniels and arresting coordinator Matt Patricia are candidates for some accessible head-coaching gigs. When you anticipate of the Patriots, you anticipate of Tom Brady and their offense. New England was third in the NFL in averaging 27.6 credibility and Brady played at an MVP akin in throwing for 3,554 yards and 28 touchdowns in 12 games. His 28:2 touchdown-to-interception arrangement was the best in NFL history. He is 39 years old.
While Houston led the NFL in absolute defense, it ability abruptness you to apperceive the Patriots were No. 1 in scoring aegis in acceptance 15.6 ppg. Was that a fluke? The Patriots had just 34 sacks and 23 absolute takeaways, both middling numbers. Usually top arresting teams are a part of the leaders in those categories.
New England has won the accomplished 5 affairs with the Texans, traveling 4-1 adjoin the advance and outscoring them 54-6 in the endure two matchups. While the Patriots suffered both of their losses this division at home, they bedeviled Houston with Brissett beneath center, as the aegis captivated Osweiler to 196 casual yards while acrimonious him off already and burglary him twice.
New England alive aback LeGarrette Blount aswell had a accomplished game, hasty for 105 yards on 24 carries and scoring two touchdowns, while Brissett added 48 yards on the ground.
These teams met on Thursday in Anniversary 3 in Foxboro, and New England formed to a 27-0 achievement with amateur Jacoby Brissett starting at QB. Brady was still abeyant again and advancement Jimmy Garoppolo was injured. Houston in fact outgained the Patriots 284-282, but the Texans angry it over three times and New England had no turnovers. Osweiler threw for 196 yards and an interception.
Overall, New England has won 5 beeline amateur over Houston by a 171-79 margin. That said, history has about apparent that if you can get added than two touchdowns on an NFL aggregation again you should yield the credibility because the big underdogs usually cover.