New England Patriots Week 3: 5 things to know about the Houston Texans

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1. Texans have notched league-leading nine sacks through two games

Without a doubt, this is the most important thing to know about the Texans. They have done a better job getting to the quarterback than any of the other 31 teams in the league so far this season.

The distribution of the nine Texans sacks are as follows: John Simon with 2.5, Whitney Mercilus with two, J.J. Watt with 1.5 and Benardrick McKinney, Jadaveon Clowney and A.J. Bouye all with one quarterback takedown.

It will be paramount that tackles Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon keep the Texans’ edge rushers from completely taking over this game, or else it will be some pretty tough sledding for Jacoby Brissett. Also central to this effort is the ground game; Blount needs to get going early and often so that Watt, Mercilus and company can’t tee-up on the offensive line.

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