The New England Patriots head to Houston to take on the Texans on Sunday afternoon. With a win, the Patriots will be back to .500 for the first time since week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs. If you want a full breakdown of the game, Jake Kobierski has you covered right here. But we’re not here to analyze the game. I’m here to question whether or not the Patriots are in for a “trap game” on Sunday. Well, let’s discuss it.
The Win Last Week Against the Ravens
Beating the Ravens at home last week was a huge momentum swing for the Patriots. 4-5 gives you a chance to get back in the playoff hunt with a win on Sunday at Houston. The Patriots played extremely well in this game as they ran the ball down the Ravens throats and didn’t turn the ball over. Mother Nature might have played a significant part too. If the Patriots have any confidence, it’s right now after the Ravens game.
Don’t get it confused. Deshaun Watson is still on the other side of the ball for the Texans. He’s elusive, has an explosive arm, and can take over a game at any moment. He performed well against the Patriots last year. Whose to say he won’t do it again this year? Watson is a playmaker and if he gets hot on Sunday, the Patriots could be in a lot of trouble.
The Next Few Weeks
The Patriots have to play the Cardinals, Chargers, and Rams before finishing their AFC East schedule with Miami, Buffalo, and the Jets. That three game window of Arizona, and both LA teams is extremely tough for a .500/slightly below .500 team. This makes this game even more of a trap game. The Patriots cannot overlook the Texans here, especially with their upcoming schedule.
This game SHOULD be a win for the Patriots. It doesn’t mean it WILL be a win for the Patriots. One little tidbit to keep in mind here. The Texans rush defense? Yeah, they give up the most rushing yards per game in the league. The Patriots should be able to run Damien Harris and Rex Burkhead down the Texans throats. But again, never underestimate your opponent!
–Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793)
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