After a huge big win against New Orleans last Sunday afternoon, the New England Patriots are set to take on the Texans in Houston this upcoming weekend. Unlike the first two teams that the Pats have played, New England has already had a chance to scope out the Texans’ squad. The two teams held combined practices during preseason, ending the week with a game. Houston won the preseason battle 27-23.
New England is coming off an important win against New Orleans 36-20. Fans and skeptics alike questioned the teams’ presumed dominance going into last week’s game after a rough season opener against the Chiefs. Brady and the Pats restored faith with their week two win, but now have to face a team looking for revenge after losing to the Patriots in the playoffs last season.
The Pats will have to continue mesh new faces in with their usual stars this week as they wait for the return of Amendola, who suffered a concussion and potential knee injury. Julian Edelman is also on injured reserve, leaving the Pats offense with Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan to connect with Brady. Nate Ebner, one of the leaders on the Patriots’ defense, was also downgraded to out for Sunday’s game.
The Patriots have proven themselves in the past without some of their heavily-relied on players, and are likely to come out strong Saturday against an expecting Houston team. According to the Patriots’ website, patriots.com, in all of the games that Houston and New England have faced off, the Patriots have an average of 31.5 points per game. This compares to the Texans’ average of 10 points per game.
Keeping an eye out for an aggressive Texas defense is one thing that the Patriots are preparing for this week. The Texans, similarly to New England, loss their first game and won their second. The Patriots’ defense, which was highly criticized during the preseason matchups, will have to keep up last week’s efforts in order to secure this weekends’ game.
The game will start at 1:00pm on Sunday September 24th, and is set to be the be the game that honors a new Patriots’ Hall of Famer, Raymond Clayborn. Clayborn, who was voted in by the fans, played in pro-bowls and was known for many different positions on the team. Fans who attend Sunday’s game will get to witness a ceremonial acknowledgement of the 26th Pats of Fame inductee.