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Lamar Miller got the ball 31 times last week against Oakland

Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass. Similar efficiency will be essential if the Texans are to leave Foxborough with a win. No talk of letterman jackets.

"I don't eat avocado". If the receivers and tight ends get bulled by Houston, it will be a problem. "[Tom Brady] can stick with avocados and all that green stuff".

The Patriots coach was shown in a photo posted on social media napping with his girlfriend on the Nantucket ferry in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, during New England's bye week. Many fans believe this week is pretty much a pit stop on the way to the inevitable AFC Championship game. The quest to even the score and bring home another title. Sometimes you might not always like what he says, but you respect it because his goal is the same thing that yours is, to get the best out of the team. A win is a win, and the Texans simply played the team on their schedule. New England is rested and battle tested.

"We gear [point spreads] toward the sharps all year, but we're approaching the Super Bowl and that's the only line we make geared toward the public opinion", Kornegay said. If we are going to be able to go up to New England, a place that is very hard to win in.

"You've got to get after him. we've got to go in there and execute the game plan and force him into some bad throws, some turnovers and try to get him where we want him", he said.

Then, on offense, Jeremy Maclin, he's an X-factor to me.

As for Brady, ask him about a potential playoff letdown at your own peril. That familiarity hasn't helped the Texans, who lost to the Patriots 27-6 last season, O'Brien's first meeting against his former team. Ryan is now playing in the slot instead of the boundary, but I'm curious to see if the Patriots utilize that match-up instead of Eric Rowe and/or Malcolm Butler. That's ridiculous to think that. "He returned one for a touchdown when we ran into the kicker, but I thought that was an excellent return by him". The game kicks off on Saturday at 8:15 PM ET (5:15 PM PT) and can be seen on CBS. "There's nothing easy about it".

It shouldn't come as much surprise that Texans defensive tackle Vince Wilfork labeled the Patriots' stable of running backs as "very, very, very explosive" and "very dynamic" earlier this week. It will mean lots of different looks for Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler.

Texans Defense vs Tom Brady: On the flip side, Tom Brady ended the season second in total QBR (83.1), tied for 7th in touchdowns (26), fourth in yards per game (296.2), and only threw two interceptions on the year all while missing the first four games of the season. He had started only seven games at the beginning of this season.

The early action on the Patriots when the number was at 14 or 14 1/2 does provide some bettor advantages, however. The Patriots are the fourth team in National Football League history to be favored by 16 or more points in a playoff game, and it's for a reason. If the Patriots win the battle of field position against the Texans and don't turn the ball over, it's going to not just be a win, but possibly a 20+ point blowout again. "Around the league, everyone is trying to find where they're at", he said. The 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars trumped the Denver Broncos, whose roster included Hall of Famers John Elway and Shannon Sharpe, by putting up 203 yards on the ground and getting the most out of quarterback Mark Brunell's productive years. "He did several things on that play to really change the game at that point". With the Texans best player, JJ Watt, out for the season it could be another long night for Houston. "So, no I'm not really - blocking out the noise is part of that".

"He's an incredible coach", Brady said.

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