Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots: 5 players to watch

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The Houston Texans and New England Patriots have plenty of playmakers.

With the Houston Texans and New England Patriots set to face off this Sunday, I’ve come up with five players to keep an eye on.

Here they are:

Bruce Ellington

I fully expect the Patriots and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to take the Texans’ top wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins out of the football game.

That being said, Bruce Ellington could get some looks his way and has the ability to stretch the field over the top. He could be in for some big plays

Braxton Miller

Like I just wrote above, Hopkins could be in for a quiet day against the Patriots, since head coach Bill Belichick loves to remove the best player from the opposing team’s offense.

While the Texans could hit Ellington over the top, they could also target Braxton Miller underneath.

Given the fact that Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson likely won’t have much time in the pocket, quick throws to Miller could be a recipe of success for them.

Chris Hogan

I fully expect Texans’ rookie linebacker Zach Cunningham to do a nice job covering Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski.

That being said, look for Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan to possibly have a big game. I would expect Houston to have Kareem Jackson covering him.

Deatrich Wise/Trey Flowers

Patriots’ defensive ends Deatrich Wise and Trey Flowers both have two sacks heading into Sunday’s game against the Texans.

Everyone knows the Texans’ offensive line is a mess. They will have their work cut out for them this week.

Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien may need to give his offensive tackles some help in pass protection either with their tight ends or running backs.

Andre Hal

Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks is serious deep threat and I imagine that the Texans will give their corners help over the top.

That’s where Andre Hal comes in. He will need to make sure Cooks doesn’t beat him deep in order to avoid giving up a big play.

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