Houston Texans (9-7) at New England Patriots (14-2), Saturday Jan. 14 8:15 PM ET
Line: Patriots -15.5
The Texans were able to take advantage of the Raiders having to start their third-string quarterback to earn a win last week. Their reward is a trip to New England to try and take down Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the Patriots. No problem, right?
By this point, it’s probably pretty well-established the Texans are bad. They won a lousy division, and then they beat the Raiders because they had to start Connor Cook under center. Oakland’s offense looked terrible. Granted, Houston does have a good defense, arguably even a great one, but they weren’t exactly challenged. The Patriots will definitely challenge them.
We don’t need to tell you about Brady and Belichick and how good the Pats are. Let’s keep things simple. Brock Osweiler is not going to win a road game at New England. It’s not going to happen. What else really needs to be said? This is as big of a mismatch as you will find in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.
Patriots 27, Texans 6
Quintin Demps, S Questionable
John Simon, LB Questionable
Tom Savage, QB Questionable
Malcolm Mitchell, WR Questionable