By The Associated Press
Sep. 21, 2017
HOUSTON (1-1) at NEW ENGLAND (1-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE — Patriots by 12
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Houston 1-1, New England 1-1
SERIES RECORD — Patriots lead 8-1
LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Texans 34-16, Jan. 14 in divisional playoffs
LAST WEEK — Texans beat Bengals 13-9; Patriots beat Saints 36-20
AP PRO32 RANKING — Texans No. 19, Patriots No. 5
TEXANS OFFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (6), PASS (13).
TEXANS DEFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (11), PASS (4).
PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (9), PASS (1).
PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (11), PASS (4).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Teams played twice last year; New England also won regular-season game 27-0 on Sept. 22. ... Teams held joint practices this training camp and met in Week 2 of exhibition season, Texans winning 27-23. ... Houston's only victory in regular-season series was 34-27 win in final game of 2009, after Patriots had already clinched division. ... Patriots QB Tom Brady donated $100,000 to Texans DL J.J. Watt's Hurricane Harvey relief fund, and coach Bill Belichick donated $50,000. Watt raised more than $37 million in all. ... P Shane Lechler has played in 240 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL. ... Watt has never had sack against Patriots. Chargers are only other team that has held him without sack. ... Texans coach Bill O'Brien is former Patriots assistant. ... Deshaun Watson's 49-yard TD run against Cincinnati was longest touchdown run by quarterback in first career start in NFL history and longest run ever by Texans quarterback. ... DL Deatrich Wise has had sack in each of first two games. He's first Patriots rookie to do so since Chandler Jones in 2012. ... RB Mike Gillislee has four rushing TDs in first two games with Patriots. Fantasy Tip: Gillislee could be this year's version of LeGarrette Blount, who set franchise record with 18 rushing TDs last season. Gillislee's scores this year are from 2, 2, 1 and 2 yards.
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