NE at HOU
Welcome to the Week 13 edition of "Losing in New and Creative Ways," starring the Houston Texans.
When the Texans raced to a 17-7 halftime lead, there was some question that maybe, just maybe, Houston's long losing streak was about to come to an end.
However, this is the 2013 Texans. No lead is safe.
Sure enough, the Texans allowed 27 second-half points to the Pats, once again snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in a 34-31 final that was Houston's 10th straight loss.
Every time you think they've hit rock bottom, Houston finds a new nadir.
B/R Consensus Pick: Patriots (12-0)
Schottey: Patriots, 31-16
The Patriots are more vulnerable on the road, and the J.J. Watt effect scares me. But New England will turn this into a shootout, and the Texans won't be able to keep up.
Bowen: Patriots, 34-14
Tom Brady should put up big numbers against a team that looks like it has packed it in for the season.
Freeman: Patriots, 35-17
From the Houston Chronicle's John McClain: The Texans' second-half scoring this season—4, 17, 0, 0, 3, 7, 6, 3, 7, 6, 3. That's 78 second-half points—35 in last nine games. Patriots roast them.
Frenz: Patriots, 41-20
The Texans are 4-13 since they came to Gillette Stadium on Monday Night Football in 2012, and even Andre Johnson said the Texans “suck” after their loss to the Jaguars. This might have “trap game” written all over it, with the Patriots coming off their emotional overtime win against the Broncos. But, more likely, Bill Belichick won't let his team come out as flat against the Texans as they did in the first half last week.
Langland: Patriots, 41-20
Remember when pundits were picking the Houston Texans and New England Patriots to square off in the AFC Championship Game? That seems like such a long time ago. Since the preseason picks, the Patriots have easily become one of the best teams in the league (as usual), while the Texans are contending for the No. 1 overall pick next May.
Other Picks: Patriots (Schalter, Miller, Hangst, Hansen, Bardeen, Gagnon, Kruse)