New England Patriots Schedule 2015: Predicting Every Game

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Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) runs after a reception against Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger (36) in the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Patriots beat the Texans 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Week 14 at Texans

This is a matchup that I feel like is flying under the radar across the NFL. The Texans might not contend for an AFC title this year, but they are building a nice little team down there, and they will surprise some folks in 2015. Their offense is still a question mark, but that defense, and particularly that front seven is terrifying. With Vince Wilfork now in the fold, they have the defensive front needed to beat up on Tom Brady a little bit, and if you can do that to the Patriots, you can win.

Getting Brady uncomfortable can lead to forced turnovers, and if either Ryan Mallett or Brian Hoyer convert, I see the Texans sending the Pats home with a loss. Obviously at this point in this season the Patriots will likely be fighting for playoff seeding, and Houston will be fighting for their playoff lives, but a win is a win, and beating New England for a young team like the Texans could really boost their confidence for the future.

Score: Texans 26-24


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