Texans hope to maintain exclusive possession of the AFC South leadership while receiving the Patriots in a battle of playoff contenders in the "Sunday Night Football,quot; in Week 13.
After the Titans defeated the Colts on Sunday afternoon, Houston enters its showdown against New England halfway away in Tennessee. The Texans and Titans play twice during the last three weeks of the season in what appears to be a divisional competitive race.
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The Patriots, meanwhile, sit comfortably at the top of the AFC East standings, but a loss would cause New England to fall from first place in the playoff chart. Baltimore, which defeated New England in November, won eight consecutive victories to keep up with the current Super Bowl champions.
As for Sunday, the Texans must protect Deshaun Watson from a New England defender who leads the league in allowed points (10.6 points per game) and is sixth in percentage of quarterback pressures (27.1 percent). Despite Watson's strong game this season, Houston's offensive line is ranked 23rd in catch percentage (8.3 percent). If Watson can settle for the intimidating defense of the Patriots, Texans could achieve a declaration of victory.
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