The Patriots have been having an excellent season up to this point, their 9-3 record only slightly less impressive than the Texans' AFC best 11-1 record.
The Patriots are led by their future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, and they possess one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL. Brady does an excellent job of spreading the ball around to his bevy of weapons, but unfortunately for him, his record-breaking tight end Rob Gronkowski will be inactive on Monday.
This game will provide a chance for the Texans to prove themselves to a national audience. The Texans are routinely ignored by the national media in favor of under-performing teams such as the Jets, Eagles and Cowboys, the that might not be the case come Tuesday morning if the Texans manage to come out of Monday with a victory.
Can the Texans cement themselves as the best team in the AFC with a victory over the Patriots? Here are the 10 keys to the game for Houston.