NEW ENGLAND (8-3) at HOUSTON (2-9)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE - Patriots by 7
RECORD VS. SPREAD - New England 6-5, Houston 1-10
SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 3-1
LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Texans 42-14, Dec. 10, 2012
LAST WEEK - Patriots beat Broncos 34-31, OT; Texans lost to Jaguars 13-6
AP PRO32 RANKING - Patriots No. 3 (tie), Texans No. 32
PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (10), PASS (14).
PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (31), PASS (9).
TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (14), PASS (11).
TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (22), PASS (1).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - QB Tom Brady is 4-1 against Houston, including postseason, with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. ... Patriots have won 15 of last 16 games in December. ... Since returning from injury on Oct. 20, TE Rob Gronkowski leads all tight ends with 31 catches for 433 yards and has touchdown in three straight games. ... WR Julian Edelman had second 100-yard receiving game this season last week. ... Rookie CB Logan Ryan had his second interception last week. ... K Stephen Gostkowski has made 21 straight field goals, second-longest single-season streak in team history behind 23 by Adam Vinatieri in 2004. ... Houston has dropped franchise-record nine straight games. ... QB Case Keenum has thrown four touchdowns with two interceptions in three starts at home. ... RB Ben Tate looks to bounce back after gaining just 1 yard on seven carries last week. ... Rookie RB Dennis Johnson averaged 5.7 yards per carry last week. ... WR Andre Johnson needs eight catches to become 15th player to reach 900 in career. Johnson is averaging 109.2 yards receiving per game at home this season. ... WR DeAndre Hopkins is second in yards receiving by rookie with 554. ... DE J.J. Watt has five straight games with sack. He leads NFL with 30 sacks since 2012.
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