Chris Long

NFL playoffs | New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans: How they match up

NFL playoffs | New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans: How they match up

As if conditions in Gillette Stadium won’t be harsh enough for the visiting Texans, with temperatures expected to be in the 20s and the Patriots installed as 151/2-point favorites, Houston must find a way to crack a New England defense that has been one of the NFL’s best over the last two months.

The Patriots allowed four opponents to score 20 or more points in their first nine games and gave up a season high in a 31-24 home loss to Seattle on Nov. 13. Only one opponent has scored 20 or more points during New England’s seven-game win streak.

The Patriots went three weeks in the middle of the season without forcing a turnover; 14 of their 23 total takeaways...

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