Texans vs. Patriots: Staff predictions

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Dec 6, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Houston Texans tight end Ryan Griffin (84) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Etahn Lington, Staff Writer

Game: New England Patriots at Houston Texans

Prediction: The Eagles were able to pull off the seemingly impossible last week, knocking off the Patriots at home. They have a terrible defense, and even worse offense. They won through the power of special teams play, and taking advantage of the minimal opportunities New England gave them.

The Texans stand a much greater chance of handing the Patriots their third straight loss. Houston plays at home, New England is still riddled with injury, and the Texans will be playing angry after letting last week’s game slip through their grasp (literally). I expect this to be a dog fight, but with Houston’s defense being much better as of late, and New England not having healthy weapons around Brady, particularly Gronk, but also the offensive line, I fully expect Houston to pull this one out.

New England’s defense is nothing but average, and their weakness is through the air. Great news for Houston, because they are in the top half of the league in passing offense, whereas New England is in the bottom half in passing defense. If Hoyer can stay on track, be consistent and deliver the ball they should have a legitimate shot at taking it.

Watch for constant pressure on Brady with his patchwork offensive line and lack of weapons, and for DeAndre Hopkins to run wild on a weak New England secondary.

Final Score: Houston 28, New England 21