The 2-0 Houston Texans travel to New England to take on the 2-0 Patriots this Thursday evening. The Patriots held on and beat the Miami Dolphins 31-24 after holding a 24-3 halftime lead as Rob Gronkowski missed his second straight game. Backup Quarterback Jimmy Gorappolo was injured in the second quarter and was replaced by 3rd string quarterback Jacoby Brisset. Houston beat the Kansas City Chiefs at home 19-12 and it is the second game in a row they have given up 14 points or fewer.
Jimmy Goroppolo had already thrown 3 touchdowns when he left the game in the second quarter after completing 18 of 27 passes for 234 yards. Brissett replaced Goroppolo and did not throw a touchdown. He finished 6 of 9 for 92 yards and was sacked twice. Martellus Bennett caught 5 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Danny Amendola also had a nice game catching 4 passes for 50 yards, which included 2 touchdown receptions. LeGarrette Blount led the running game with 123 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Defensively, it was a tale of two halves for New England as they gave up 3 points in the first half and 21 in the second. Ryan Tannehill threw for 389 yards and 2 touchdowns but also threw 2 interceptions. The Patriots also recovered 2 fumbles and shut the running game down as Miami only had 70 rushing yards on 16 carries.
Houston ‘s defense didn’t allow a touchdown last week and forced 3 turnovers, as all of Kansas City’s scoring was on 4 field goals. They limited Alex Smith to 186 yards on 20 of 37 passing. The Texan’s sacked Smith 4 times for a loss of 14 yards. They did allow the Chiefs to rush for 119 yards on only 19 carries, which is an average of more than 6 yards per carry. Offensively, Brock Osweiler completed 19 of 33 passes for 268 yards and a touchdown. He was also sacked twice for a loss of 14 yards and threw 2 interceptions. The Texans had 2 receivers go for over 100 yards with Deandre Hopkins leading the way with 113 yards and a touchdown on 7 receptions. Will Fuller had 4 catches for 104 yards including a 53 yard reception on the teams first offensive series. Running back Lamar Miller had 83 of the teams 97 rushing yards on 25 carries.
These two teams met last December with the Patriots easily defeating the Texans 25-6. Both teams are undefeated to start this season and have both covered the spreads in each of their games. New England’s offense is ranked 5th in the league with 414 yards per game while the Texans defense is ranked 3rd in the league with 274 yards allowed per game. With New England’s quarterback situation and Rob Gronkowski’s status still uncertain, the Texans are 1-point favorites in this game even though the game is in Foxboro.
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