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Howe: 5 things to watch in Patriots vs. Texans

Tom Brady leads all quarterbacks in Super Bowl wins (five), AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors (28) and tops active QBs for years on Earth (40).

They boast an outstanding group of pass rushers, led by Watt, Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney.

Mercilus was a wrecking ball when he was kicked inside against David Andrews in the divisonal playoff meeting in January, so expect to see the Texans go back to that well until the Pats center proves he can stop it.

Without Cushing, the Texans rely on rookie linebackers Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole, and that could be a problem, even with Burkhead (ribs) out.

Gronkowski has recovered well from back surgery and was at full strength for the first two games, regardless of how anyone tried to spin his quiet night vs. the Chiefs.

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  • Kevin McNamara: Texans confident in their chancesThe Providence Journal
  • Texans' Watson expects mixed bag of tricks fro PatriotsSan Antonio Express-News (subscription)
  • Houston Texans at NE Patriots: 2017 Week 3 Injury Report AnalysisHouse of Houston
  • 3 things Patriots fans should know about TexansPatriots Wire
  • New England Patriots: Danny Amendola is ready to go for Week 3Musket Fire

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