Houston Texans @ New England Patriots – Friday 01:25, Sky Sports 1
At least one of the NFL’s undefeated teams’ record will go as the Houston Texans make the long trip north to face the New England Patriots. Regardless of what happens on Thursday night both should certainly be in the playoff hunt come December.
It’s a long time, eight years in fact, since the Patriots lost a home prime time game against a fellow AFC outfit and if people told you six months ago they’d be the underdogs at home to Houston, nobody would have believed you. But that’s the situation now as the Patriots have opened up 2.5pt underdogs due to their Quarterback problems. Losing Tom Brady is bad enough but to have his back up injured for week three is a huge blow and the honour under center now falls to rookie Jacoby Brissett.
The impressive Texans defense sacked QB Alex Smith four times in last week’s 19-12 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs and will relish the chance to have a pop at this untested rookie. Despite only scoring 19pts last week two receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller both have 100+ yard games and the pts will surely follow.
It’s tough to go against the Patriots at home but this is potentially a really good Houston team and surely it’s asking too much for the third string rookie to put up enough points to win this game. A Texans winning margin of 7-12 points looks a good price at 5/1 or bigger.