Game #12: New England Patriots (8-3) @ Houston Texans (2-9)
Location: Reliant Stadium
TV/Radio: CBS/98.5 The Sports Hub
Watch Online: Here
Stevan Ridley will be a healthy scratch for the Patriots. His fumbling epidemic seems to have finally caught up to him, as Bill Belichick is benching him in favor of more sure handed options.
Keys to Victory
Utilize a balanced offensive attack: The Texans defense is ranked first in total defense and passing yards allowed per game. New England will have to mix it up, utilizing several different players and formations. Running the football will be key, as Tom Brady operates best out of play action calls.
Don’t let J.J. Watt beat you: Watt is a disruptive force and will need to be kept in check if the Patriots hope to limit the damage and avoid troubled waters. There offensive line will certainly have their hands full to say the least.
Create turnovers: New England’s defense is at their best when turnovers are forced. Case Keenum is a rookie signal caller and if confused, should be susceptible to mistakes.