A six-game winning streak will come to an end in Monday Night Football's clash between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans, but which one of the two teams is anyone's guess. Houston visits Foxborough, Mass., with the best record in the league and a nice buffer in the AFC standings.
The Patriots (9-3) clinched the AFC East Division with a 23-16 win against the Miami Dolphins last week, but a shot at taking down the conference superpower will surely keep them motivated. The offense put up only 23 points despite being relatively efficient against the Dolphins, as quarterback Tom Brady threw for 238 yards on 24-of-40 completions to go with a touchdown and an interception.
It's more concerning for the Texans that the Patriots put up 49 points against the Jets on Thanksgiving thanks to aggressive defense that led to points. The Jets made mistakes as well, but the New England defense has played well of late, especially in the run game. In terms of yardage, New England allows the ninth-fewest rushing yards per game, and the pressure will be on Arian Foster to produce.
Because the Patriots give up 279 passing yards per game (29th in the NFL) Matt Schaub could look to rebound from a quiet game against Tennessee last week. He'll have to keep pace with the Patriots' dangerous passing attack considering the Texans are giving up 352 passing yards in the past three weeks.
Monday, Dec. 10, 8:30 p.m. ET
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
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Texans: 610 AM, 100.3 FM, 1010 AM
Patriots: 98.5 FM
Sirius: 92, 93