The Houston Texans are fresh off a win in the wild-card round. Next up, they will travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots. Needless to say, Houston has its hands full, and it will be a major underdog in the 2017 AFC divisional round. The Patriots enter the game with a 16-1 postseason record at home in the Belichick era, including a five-game winning streak. Houston, led by former Bill Belichick assistant coach Bill O’Brien, can’t boast of the same postseason success. The Texans are fresh off their third all-time playoff victory after a win Saturday over the Oakland Raiders, but have never won a playoff game on the road. With that said, the Texans showed some promise in their playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders. Better yet, Houston’s quarterback Brock Osweiler looks to have gained his confidence back guiding the team to a win. Houston’s stingy defense will give the Patriots some problems, but escaping Foxborough with a win is never an easy feat, and that is especially the case when Brady & Co. are in playoff mode. For this reason, our NFL score prediction for this game has the patriots running away with a victory of 18 points.
Patriots vs. Texans Score Prediction: Patriots 27, Texans 9
2017 NFL Playoffs bring together the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday night from Gillette Stadium.
The Texans defeated the Raiders by 27-14 last weekend, and the Patriots won the division with a 14-2 record and enjoyed a bye week last week. The Patriots crushed the Texans 27-0 back in week two. Jacoby Brissett was at quarterback for the Patriots and Brock Osweiler only threw for 196 yards with zero touchdowns and one interception for Houston.
The Texans looked good on both sides of the ball in their victory over the Raiders last week. Osweiler did not put up big numbers but he played well, throwing for 168 yards with one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown, and did not throw any interceptions. Osweiler has struggled for a majority of the season, which resulted in the roster move this season to switch to Tom Savage briefly.
A big key for Houston will be the performance of their running game against the Patriots 3rd ranked rush defense. DeAndre Hopkins made his presence known last week, and he will have to have another impressive performance for the Texans to have a chance. Houston is averaging 17.4 points per game, ranking them at 29th in the NFL. The Houston defense is no doubt the strength of this team and they will need to be at their absolute best to have a chance against the Patriots.
The Patriots are currently riding a seven-game winning streak. The Patriots will be without all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski, forcing a playoff NFL roster move with Danny Amendola expected to play in his place. Amendola does not put up huge numbers, recording only 243 receiving yards in 12 games, but he has valuable playoff experience. New England’s strong offense averaged 27.6 points per game, ranking them third in the NFL. The Patriots defense went under the radar this season, as it seems most people don’t realize they finished with the number one ranked defense. They were especially strong when it came to stopping the run, which is huge, as Houston will run want to run the ball.
We don’t think the Texans will have the capability to slow down the Patriots offense, especially with Brady playing the way he has been this season. Our NFL score prediction is that the Patriots will tack up yet another win 27-9 against the Texans.
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