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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 9/9/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




HOUSTON (4 - 12) at NEW ENGLAND (15 - 4)
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Week 1 Sunday, 9/9/2018 1:00 PM
Board OpenLatest
466NEW ENGLAND-6.5-6.5
HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-12-9.87-97-921.111.1320.0(5.3)1.727.214.9346.6(5.9)1.0
Road Games1-7-5.34-43-517.511.4319.6(5.3)1.929.115.2370.6(6.2)0.5
Last 3 Games0-3-30-31-28.74.3207.3(4.2)1.333.719.3348.0(5.6)0.0
Turf Games1-2-0.33-02-128.017.0397.3(6.3)1.728.716.0390.0(6.6)1.0
HOUSTON - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.710.619.530:2627-110(4)21-3560.7%225(6.5)62-336(5.4)(15.4)
Offense Road Games17.511.418.430:3228-102(3.7)19-3358.0%218(6.6)61-320(5.3)(18.3)
Defense (All Games)27.214.918.829:5427-109(4)20-3164.1%237(7.6)59-347(5.9)(12.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.
Defense Road Games29.115.219.229:2827-112(4.1)21-3265.3%258(8)60-371(6.2)(12.7)
HOUSTON - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-435.3%0-062.5%2-34(20.3)3-38(12.3)8-70
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.51.3 14-537.7%1-052.0%2-45(21.9)17-2(7.8)7-57
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-536.5%1-066.7%2-37(21.4)3-43(13.8)7-68

NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games15-4-0.812-79-1028.916.5405.3(6.2)0.719.510.7370.3(6)1.0
Home Games8-2-1.36-46-429.417.2389.7(5.7)0.520.110.5352.5(6.1)0.9
Last 3 Games2-1+0.21-22-130.714.3465.0(6.7)0.725.014.3393.0(6.1)0.3
Turf Games10-2+0.77-56-628.416.2392.2(5.8)0.718.410.2350.1(5.9)1.1
NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)28.916.524.830:1127-113(4.2)25-3865.8%292(7.6)65-405(6.2)(14)
Opponents Defensive Avg.221119.430:5127-109(4.1)21-3462.2%227(6.6)61-336(5.5)(15.3)
Offense Home Games29.417.225.631:3230-120(4)25-3864.7%269(7.1)68-390(5.7)(13.3)
Defense (All Games)19.510.720.429:4924-114(4.7)23-3762.4%256(6.9)62-370(6)(19)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.510.419.330:2427-112(4.1)21-3462.3%226(6.6)61-338(5.5)(15.7)
Defense Home Games20.110.519.728:2824-108(4.5)22-3464.5%244(7.2)58-352(6.1)(17.5)
NEW ENGLAND - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-540.6%2-148.3%4-69(19.4)1-6(4.4)7-65
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.51.5 13-539.1%1-043.8%2-43(21)15-2(7.3)7-59
Stats Against (Home Games) 12-434.1%1-150.0%4-69(19.1)1-5(3.6)8-73
Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 20.1,  NEW ENGLAND 19.9
HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/9/2018@ NEW ENGLAND            
9/16/2018@ TENNESSEE            
9/23/2018NY GIANTS            
9/30/2018@ INDIANAPOLIS            

NEW ENGLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/16/2018@ JACKSONVILLE            
9/23/2018@ DETROIT            
HOUSTON: Head coach Bill O'Brien overhauled his offense mid-season to fit then-rookie QB Deshaun Watson's strengths, and Watson answered with an electrifying five-game run leading up to his torn ACL. Houston relied on a lot of misdirection that may not be as effective after opponents have an offseason of film study. WR DeAndre Hopkins is football's best contested catch artist, though the rest of the Texans skill-position players have been inconsistent. Injuries are partly to blame for Houston's league-worst 27 PPG allowed. DE J.J. Watt and LB Whitney Mercilus, both of whom missed 11 games in 2017, are key to making Houston's five-across-the-line pass-rush work. Their presence also frees up DL Jadeveon Clowney to avoid double-teams and wreak havoc. The secondary is not built to hold up if the pass-rush isn't getting home, though the addition of former Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu may help a bit.
NEW ENGLAND: The genius of head coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady is their ability to change the gameplan week-to-week, anticipating their opponent's approach and exploiting weaknesses. After WR Julian Edelman's four-game suspension, the Pats will be well-equipped for a quick-strike passing attack that is almost an extension of the running game. Rob Gronkowski is among the NFL's all-time great TEs, and the backfield is full of moveable chess pieces. New England's defense is masterful at the bend-don't-break philosophy. Last season, they allowed the second-highest yards per play (5.7), but the fifth-fewest points per game (18.5). The return of ILB Dont'a Hightower from injury and the addition of massive DT Danny Shelton should sure up what was a shaky run defense at times last season. The secondary righted itself after a disastrous start to 2017 and is unlikely to have another false start in 2018.
Texans open on road vs. Brady, Patriots

Tom Brady turned 41 years old last month and has said he wants to play until he's 45. Given his performance last season, who's to argue?

Fresh off winning his third NFL Most Valuable Player award in a season that culminated with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, Brady and the New England Patriots open the season against the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Brady is entering his 19th season and has guided the Patriots to nine consecutive AFC East titles. In fact, New England has won the division in 15 of the 16 seasons in which Brady has been the starter.

"I think the last eight years of my career have been better than my first 10, so I should just prolong it, and that's what I'm trying to do," Brady said Wednesday in the last episode of his Facebook Watch documentary series "Tom Vs. Time."

Brady threw for an NFL-leading 4,577 yards with 32 touchdowns against only eight interceptions a year ago. He added eight TD passes and zero picks in the postseason, including 505 yards and three scoring passes in the 41-33 loss to the Eagles in the Super Bowl.

"I mean, obviously you're facing the best quarterback of all time and possibly the best coach of all time," said Houston defensive end J.J. Watt, in referring to Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick. "It's always a good challenge and so for us to open up the season against a team like that and a player like Tom, it's a great challenge right out the gate."

Brady threw for 378 yards and five touchdowns in a last-minute 36-33 win over the Texans last season as the Patriots improved to 7-1 against Houston.

Among the reasons for optimism for the Texans following the 4-12 debacle in 2017 is the return of three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Watt and rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, who each suffered season-ending injuries a year ago.

Watt has been limited to only eight games the past two seasons. He suffered a broken leg and missed the final 11 games in 2017, depriving Houston of one of the league's most dominant defensive players.

"We expect every player that we to be at their best. We always expect their best performance, and we usually get that," said Belichick. "That's what we'll expect from J.J. J.J's a great player, he's very talented, he's got great motor and very instinctive. He's a very smart player, as well as one that has outstanding physical skill. So, we always expect their best and prepare for it."

Watson was on his way to a sensational rookie campaign before tearing an ACL in practice in early November. Prior to the injury, Watson threw for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns in seven games, adding 269 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 36 carries.

From Weeks 4 to 7, Houston averaged a staggering 40.5 points as Watson accounted for 16 TD passes versus only five picks while registering four consecutive 100-plus passer ratings. In his second career start, Watson finished with 301 yards with two TD passes and two interceptions in last season's loss at New England.

"I think that obviously whatever happened last year, it was basically a six-game window into what he can do and that's what obviously teams have been studying a lot of relative to us this year," said Houston head coach Bill O'Brien, a former offensive coordinator with New England. " I think Deshaun works very hard. He is just not a guy that rests on any kind of laurels, he's a guy that really works hard to get better every day."

Watson's top target is DeAndre Hopkins, who hauled in 96 receptions for 1,378 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. Speedster Will Fuller had only 28 catches but seven of them went for touchdowns.

Lamar Miller will handle the bulk of the ground game with D'Onta Foreman opening the year on the physically unable to perform list. Miller rushed for 888 yards and three scores last season.

Brady will be playing with a revamped wide receiving corps that will be without Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola, who left via trade and free agency, respectively. In addition, Julian Edelman will serve a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski finished with 69 catches for 1,084 yards last season, and his eight scoring receptions pushed his career total to 76 -- third on the all-time list at his position.

The Patriots also feature new faces in the backfield with first-round pick Sony Michel and former Cincinnati Bengal Jeremy Hill joining Rex Burkhead and James White.

Last Updated: 7/22/2019 7:48:40 AM EST

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