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Old 09-22-2016, 03:40 PM   #1
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Texans ready for Patriots on Thursday Night Football

The Texans are looking for their first 3-0 start since 2012. A win would give Houston its 100th all-time regular-season victory. Houston coach Bill O'Brien was a Patriots assistant coach from 2007 to 2011. The Texans have not allowed a touchdown in six consecutive quarters. Houston leads the NFL with nine sacks, the most through two games in team history. The Texans are 2-5 in Thursday night games. While with the Broncos last season, QB Brock Osweiler won his only other previous start against New England, 30-24 in Denver. Rookie WR Will Fuller is the third player in NFL history with 100-plus receiving yards in each of his first two career games. DE J.J. Watt has six sacks, nine tackles for loss and fumble return for TD in nine Thursday games. Since entering NFL in 2011, Watt has 76 sacks, the most in the NFL.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick is 10-2 in Thursday games. QB Jimmy Garoppolo is 2-0 as a starter and has 117.2 passer rating. If QB Jacoby Brissett starts, it would be the first time New England has started a rookie QB since Drew Bledsoe in 1993. The Patriots are 91-47-1 against AFC South teams, the only division in the NFL where they have winning records against each team. Including the playoffs, New England has won 27 of its past 29 home games. TE Martellus Bennett has 271 catches since 2012, the fourth most by an NFL tight end.

Fantasy Tip: Patriots WR Julian Edelman is looking for his third 100-yard receiving game against Houston.
HOUSTON (2-0) at NEW ENGLAND (2-0)

Thursday, 8:25 p.m. EDT, CBS/NFL Network

Opening line -- Houston by 1

Record vs. spread -- Houston 2-0, New England 2-0

Series record -- Patriots lead 6-1

Last meeting -- Patriots beat Texans 27-6, Dec. 13, 2015

Last week -- Texans beat Chiefs 19-12; Patriots beat Dolphins 31-24

AP Pro32 ranking -- Patriots no. 1 (tie), Texans no. 7

Texans offense -- overall (20), rush (11), pass (24).

Texans defense -- overall (3), rush (11), pass (4).

Patriots offense -- overall (5), rush (7), pass (9).

Patriots defense -- overall (25), rush (9), pass (28).





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