The Houston Texans and the New England Patriots are going to square off on the NFL Playoffs odds and betting lines. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our Texans @ Patriots picks & predictions for football for what should be a great game on Sunday.
NFL Playoffs Picks: Houston Texans at New England Patriots
Date: Sunday, January 13th, 4:30 ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
NFL Playoffs Betting Odds: New England -9.5
Houston vs. New England Live TV: CBS
The ink is barely dry and the tickets have barely been paid for Houston bettors that beat the spread against the Cincinnati Bengals, and there are already a ton of rumblings out there that the Texans are going to get slaughtered against the Patriots in this game. It’s easy to think that that will be the case, knowing that the first time these teams met, New England pummeled Houston 42-14 in a game that truly wasn’t all that close. We’re just not all that sure that that is the case, knowing that this is the biggest moment in the history of the Texans franchise.
The key to keep this game close is the play of QB Matt Schaub. Of the quarterbacks that are left in the playoffs at this point, there probably isn’t one that you would have less confidence in than Schaub. He has thrown just one touchdown pass in his last five games, and he has led the team on just two touchdown drives in the last four games. Needless to say, that isn’t going to cut it no matter how well the defense plays against QB Tom Brady and the Pats. Brady knows what he is doing in the postseason, as he is one of the best playoff quarterbacks and one of the most clutch players all-time in NFL history. Both men have great receivers to work with. WR Andre Johnson and TE Owen Daniels both had big games last week, and they are the top two receivers on this team. WR Wes Welker and TE Rob Gronkowski are fantastic options, and they are both sure to have solid games against a secondary that has been toasted at times, especially down the middle of the field.
Still, this is a heck of a lot of points to be giving the Texans. They were punished the first time around when they came to Foxboro, but they are going to be ready this time around. They’re not the better of these two teams, and they won’t win this game, but they should get a much better game out of this stout defense and RB Arian Foster should be able to do a lot more work on the ground than he did when these teams met the first time. Just like last year when Houston, playing with a third string quarterback in QB TJ Yates, went into M&T Bank Stadium and stuck around with the Baltimore Ravens, this could be the same type of game, just with some more points on the board on both sides.
Houston vs. New England Pick: Houston Texans +9.5
Texans @ Patriots Score Prediction: New England 27 – Houston 20