Ethan Lington, Staff Writer
Not a single expert or analyst in the national media that I have seen has predicted a Texans victory on Saturday night. There is good reason for this. But the line of 16 point favorites in New England is disrespectful to the Texans. They have the number one defense in the NFL and have been getting better every week. The offense looked markedly better last week against a railing Raiders team, but it was improvement.
If Brock Osweiler can take care of the football, and the offensive line can provide protection in the passing game and holes in the run game, they can make it a game. However, all those things are much easier said than done. The right side of the offensive line has been particularly problematic, Miller didn’t look very good last week and Osweiler…well you get the idea.
Although the Texans have a solid team, the odds are too slanted against them for me to believe they have enough juice to pull this out. The Patriots top a Texans squad that is led by two former New England coaches in Bill O’Brien and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.
Patriots win a close game, and the Texans lose their 6th straight to New England.
Final Score: Patriots 20, Texans 16