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What the Pats lack in their secondary—more on that later—they make up for up front.
New England has a great run defense, ranking ninth in the NFL in yards per game (100.8). Slowing down the Texans' potent ground attack could break Houston's offensive rhythm.
In Houston's one loss this season, running back Arian Foster was limited to 29 yards on 17 carries. During Houston's recent four-game struggles, Foster has been limited to 3.6 yards per carry and three touchdowns.
Speaking of Foster, he was limited in last weeks game against the Tennessee Titans to just 14 carries. It appears that he's either tired, or Houston is trying to give him some rest for the final stretch.
If he remains limited against New England, the Patriots defense should have a strong game against the run.