Will over cash when Patriots host Texans in NFL Divisional Round? 1/14/17

The 19.0-point differential average was the highest of any wild-card weekend since 1981. The Texans will have to be light years ahead of where they were on offense in that game if they want to be better than a zero in Saturday's AFC Divisional Playoff. Fantasy Tip: Patriots' offense put up big numbers without Brady in Week 3 shutout.

That's what the Patriots' top-ranked scoring defense will face Saturday night in a divisional playoff matchup at Gillette Stadium. Cook was in there because Oakland's top two QBs were out injured.

As the Texans work to improve this week they'll have to listen to chatter about their underdog status entering this game. Some of this success can be attributed to the presence of former No.1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney. Houston signed Brock Osweiler as the future after the Broncos didn't resign him this offseason. I'm so happy that he's been able to play this type of season and just prove so many people wrong. Osweiler will start again here.

When the Texans have the ball, though, not so much fun. RB Lamar Miller rushed for touchdown last week.

There have been many wild upsets in the history of the National Football League playoffs. If we are going to be able to go up to New England, a place that is very hard to win in.

Depending on the source, the 14-2 Patriots are an NFL-best 14-2 or 13-3 versus the spread this season; mathematical evidence of Bill Belichick's team never ever going through the motions.

Before the post season began, New England was the who the majority picked to go all the way but the Steelers have shown that they could be the dark horse on this side of the bracket. However, during five seasons on the Patriots coaching staff, O'Brien was also impressed by Brady's photographic memory.

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He completed just 59.6 percent of his passes in the five games after he suffered the injury, with three touchdowns and five picks. Quarterback Matthew Stafford should be able to hit a few deep shots to the likes of Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and T.J.

Since Brady's return, the Patriots have gone 11-1, now riding a seven-game winning streak, all while No. 12 has forced his way into the NFL MVP conversation with more than 3,500 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and just two interceptions in that span.

Houston also has no financial excuse for being anything less than great, or doing anything but winning the NFL's worst division.

Someone should point out to the owner that when a 37-year-old is your most productive receiver, maybe your quarterback isn't getting enough help. New England is a 16-point favorite at the Westgate SuperBook, while MGM's sportsbook has the Patriots giving Houston 17 points. It's the same game plan used by Denver in last year's playoffs. That high-powered Minnesota team would be upset the next week in the NFC title game by Atlanta. Their three playoff wins since the 2012 playoffs are tied with the Colts and Panthers for eighth-most in the league.

But games aren't played on paper, they're played on a gridiron. The Giants used this scheme in the 2008 Super Bowl and walked out victorious after no one gave them a chance to win. Osweiler threw for 196 yards and an interception.

Brown is "a great player", Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower said. So take the points here and go under the total.

"He is a premier back and a good reason why they're in the position they're in", Branch said.


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