1. The pass defense
The fact of the matter is the Patriots surrendered 389 passing yards to Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins, a number that nearly lost the Patriots the game. That simply cannot happen on Thursday night against a dangerous Texans team featuring superstar wideout DeAndre Hopkins and promising rookie Will Fuller, who ranks fourth in the NFL with 211 receiving yards through two games.
If this game becomes a shooting match, it could be bad news for the Pats. Although he’s not much more experienced than Brissett, Osweiler would probably win in a quarterback duel, so it is paramount that the Patriots’ secondary keeps the Texans’ pass catchers in check.