The Houston Texans head to New England to rake on the well experienced Patriots, Sunday Jan 13, for an AFC Divisional matchup. The Texans have won two of their last five games, while the Patriots are winners of nine of their last ten. The Patriots routed the Texans 42-14, at home, in Week 14 of this season. Here are the Houston Texans vs New England Patriots 2013 NFL Divisional Playoff Odds. NFL oddsmakers have listed the Patriots as huge -9.5 point home favorites over the Texans with the over/under set at 47 points. Get the current 2013 Super Bowl Betting Lines now.
The Texans (13-4, 6-2 V) beat the Cincinnati Bengals 13-19, at home, in the AFC Wild Card game. RB Arian Foster ran for 140 yards and one touchdown, as the Texans used their stifling defensive to shut down the Bengals. Foster became the first player in NFL history to have 100-yard games in each of his first three playoff games. Johnathan Joseph had an interception, and J.J. Watt had a sack as the Texans beat the Bengals in the wild-card round for the second consecutive year.
These Texans limped into the playoffs, losing three of their last four regular-season games, and there was nothing about the win over Cincinnati last weekend that was impressive. For Houston to overcome its lack of experience on Sunday afternoon, it would take a perfect storm of events. Brady would have to play a terrible game, Schaub would have to prove that he can carry a team to victory, and the rest of Houston’s roster would have to raise their level of play as well.
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The Patriots (12-4, 6-2 H) are red hot and entering these playoffs as a huge favorite. Up and down the rosters, New England boasts more players with experience playing in big playoff games than Houston does. An inexperienced group can overcome the odds and win against a more experienced club. We only need look back to 2010, when the New York Jets, with a second-year quarterback in Mark Sanchez, walked into New England and beat the Patriots on Wild Card Weekend. But, the Texans limped into the playoffs.
It’s obvious that the Patriots’ quarterback and head coach hold an advantage over the Texans’ combination, but the question is, which is bigger? In Brady versus Schaub, you have a three-time Super Bowl Champion, who’s proven himself over and over again in the postseason, against a quarterback who won his first playoff game just days ago. Tom Brady is about to step under center in the playoffs for the 23rd time over his legendary career, one that has seen him post a 16-6 record in the postseason.
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Recent Trends to Consider:
Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Home team is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
Texans are 4-0-2 ATS in their last 6 games in January.
Texans are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
Texans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
Patriots are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.
Texans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win.
Texans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf.
Patriots are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 playoff home games.
Patriots are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 playoff games.
Houston Texans vs New England Patriots
When: Sunday, Jan 13, 2012@4:30 PM ET
Pick: Patriots -9.5
The Bottom Line: The Patriots will roll over the Texans. We recommend you check out the latest NFL Point Spreads heading into the AFC Divisional Round.