Patriots Enemy Profile: Houston Texans

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Sep 9, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) gets wrapped up by New England Patriots defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90) during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots are 10-1 going into Thanksgiving week, and they hope that their best football is ahead of them.

The Pats will be in Houston on Sunday night with a chance to keep their AFC conference opponent in the rear-view mirror. Offensively, the Pats are not clicking but this past week, there was an improvement. After having only 3 wide receivers active last game, New England looks to get both Sanu and Dorsett back in Houston as this could mark the first time all season everyone is healthy. Let’s get to know the Houston Texans and what to expect come Sunday night!

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Houston’s offense is one of the best in the NFL. Very similar to Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson is a mobile QB who can also throw. Watson is a much better thrower than runner, but will dance in the pocket and take off if he feels the pressure. Watson has thrown for 20 touchdowns so far in the 2019 season. His main target, DeAndre Hopkins, has made it easy for him to complete passes tallying 81 receptions. More than likely, Stephon Gilmore will be covering him one on one and we all saw what he did to Amari Cooper last week, he shut him down completely. Will Fuller, Kenny Stills, and Keke Coutee are other targets that Watson looks for in the passing game. Running the football is not a strength of the Texans as Carlos Hyde struggles to run downhill.   As a whole, Houston’s offensive line has struggled this season to block for Deshaun. This will be a good opportunity for the Pats to blitz Watson and give him different looks to think about.

Houston’s defense causes a lot of problems in their back end.  Bradley Roby and Johnathan Joseph have kept some of the NFL best receivers off the stat sheet and can also tackle in the run game. With JJ Watt done for the season, a lot of the physicality that teams were concerned about has gone away. New England’s running game has been average all year and now this could be the game you see Sony Michel and James White run for big gains.

Be sure to watch the game at 8:20 PM on NBC!

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