Through 3 Quarters

After a tough loss on the road their last time out, the Houston Texans look much better today on their home turf. Sitting on a score of 24-17, they have looked like the better squad out there today, but there's still one more quarter to play.

They have been led by QB Deshaun Watson, who so far has passed for two TDs and 302 yards on 32 attempts in addition to rushing for one TD and 36 yards. WR Damiere Byrd has led the way so far for the New England Patriots, as he has caught four passes for one TD and 108 yards. This receiving effort made it the first game that Byrd has posted more than 100 yards receiving.

New England has lost 80% of the time when they were down heading into the fourth quarter this year, so this one seems just about wrapped up

Who's Playing

New England @ Houston

Current Records: New England 4-5; Houston 2-7

What to Know

The New England Patriots will take on the Houston Texans at 1 p.m. ET Sunday at NRG Stadium. New England will be strutting in after a victory while Houston will be stumbling in from a defeat.

The Patriots didn't have too much breathing room in their game with the Baltimore Ravens last week, but they still walked away with a 23-17 win. Among those leading the charge for New England was RB Rex Burkhead, who snatched two receiving TDs.

Meanwhile, it was close but no cigar for Houston as they fell 10-7 to the Cleveland Browns last week. No one had a standout game offensively for Houston, but they got one touchdown from QB Deshaun Watson. Watson ended up with a passer rating of 123.30.

This next matchup is expected to be close, with the Patriots going off at just a 2.5-point favorite. Those who got lucky with them against the spread last week might want to hold off on placing bets this time since the squad has yet to string together back-to-back wins against the spread.

New England is now 4-5 while the Texans sit at 2-7. Two stats to keep an eye on: New England enters the contest with 161.1 rushing yards per game on average, good for second best in the NFL. Less enviably, Houston is stumbling into the contest with the most rushing yards allowed per game in the league, having given up 167.4 on average.

How To Watch

  • When: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
  • Where: NRG Stadium -- Houston, Texas
  • TV: CBS
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $74.99


The Patriots are a slight 2.5-point favorite against the Texans, according to the latest NFL odds.

The line has drifted a bit towards the Patriots, as the game opened with the Patriots as a 1-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

New England have won five out of their last six games against Houston.

  • Dec 01, 2019 - Houston 28 vs. New England 22
  • Sep 09, 2018 - New England 27 vs. Houston 20
  • Sep 24, 2017 - New England 36 vs. Houston 33
  • Jan 14, 2017 - New England 34 vs. Houston 16
  • Sep 22, 2016 - New England 27 vs. Houston 0
  • Dec 13, 2015 - New England 27 vs. Houston 6

Top Projected Fantasy Players

  • Will Fuller: 11.42 points
  • Deshaun Watson: 23.05 points
  • Cam Newton: 22.04 points