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Easily the game of the week, the Houston Texans and New England Patriots battle for AFC supremacy.
The end result also will have an impact on the playoff picture as well, because home-field advantage is always crucial.
The push-pull matchup of this game, though, won't be one offense against the opposing defense. It's the manner in which each offense operates. Meaning: Houston's offense vs. New England's offense.
Houston fields more balance, ball control and possesses big play capability. New England rightfully relies on Tom Brady, but still presents a strong ground game to keep defenses honest.
In short, the competitive advantage goes to who can win the possession battle.
Undoubtedly, the Texans feature a better rushing attack, but the Pats will stack the box and force Matt Schaub to outplay Tom Brady.
Well, based on evidence from Houston's transparency against Aaron Rodgers (338 passing yards, six touchdowns), Chad Henne (354 passing yards, four touchdowns) and Matthew Stafford (441 passing yards, two touchdowns), Brady will dice up Wade Phillips' defense.
Patriots 38, Texans 31
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