BOSTON (CBS) – The 98.5 The Sports Hub, WBZ-TV and WBZ NewsRadio1030 sports teams make their predictions for Sunday’s Patriots-Texans matchup in Houston.
Scott Zolak, 98.5 The Sports Hub
I’m looking forward to a big steak dinner in Houston. We were thinking of an Italian restuarant because of all the tomato cans that will be lined up outside Reliant Stadium.
The Patriots will roll as they get cranked up for the best time of the year, and that’s December football in Foxboro.
Patriots 34, Texans 10
Andy Gresh, 98.5 The Sports Hub
A year ago this would be a marquee matchup, but now the Texans can’t get out of their own way.
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They stink and have no confidence. Andre Johnson is ripping them. The “homecoming” will be for the Patriots.
Patriots 31, Texans 17
Walt Perkins, WBZ NewsRadio1030
I’ve learned my lesson. Never go against Tom Brady.
Patriots 38, Texans 13
Steve Burton, WBZ-TV
First of all, the Patriots know better than to overlook the 2-9 Texans. As bad as Houston is, humble pie will not be served this Thanksgiving weekend.
The Patriots haven’t forgotten what it took to overcome that 24-0 lead against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. They’ll be focused to play a full 60 minutes of football on Sunday.
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This game shouldn’t be close, and the Patriots should roll on Sunday afternoon.
Patriots 31, Texans 14
Levan Reid, WBZ-TV
After the last two weeks, it will be hard for the Patriots to get up for a Houston Texans team that has just imploded. Coming into the season, the Texans were some people’s Super Bowl favorites. Right now they can’t wait for the season to end. It’s a disaster
The Pats still have to realize that they are everybody’s homecoming game and the good news is they know that. After the Broncos game, guys were very upset with their mindsets. They needed to play 60 minutes and that didn’t happen. They can’t be a championship team and play half games, so that is something that has to change over these next five weeks.
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Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will make sure the offense is on point, and Rob Ninkovich and Devin McCourty will keep the defense accountable with Matthew Slater and Julian Edelman doing the same for special teams. The Pats once again have something to play for, which is something the Texans can’t say. The Patriots should win this game going away.
Thinking ahead, J.J. Watt should realize his situation and maybe look at the Patriots as a free agent landing spot.
Patriots 35, Texans 10
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV
This is one of those trap type of games for any team, as the Patriots are coming off two emotional games against two of the top teams in the league in Carolina and Denver. Now they travel to Houston to facing the 2-9 Texans.
However, Tom Brady is the right guy to put this team in the right frame of mind and the Texans can’t seem to do enough offensively under either Case Keenum or Matt Schaub. They still have a solid defensive front led by J.J. Watt, but the Pats should do enough to come away with a win.
They are 45-6 since 2001 in December, and should add another win to that impressive win total on Sunday.
Patriots 28, Texans 17
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