Normally when people think about the Thursday Night Football game, it is a matchup of two teams that don’t get a ton of attention. This Week 3 matchup between the Houston Texans and New England Patriots is a completely different story. Both teams come into this game with 2-0 records and have a lot of expectations for them to win their divisions this season. Which team will be the one that comes out of this one in Foxborough with a 3-0 record? Here is a look at the matchup.
The Texans pulled out a 19-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs last week at home and now hit the road for the first time this season on a short week. Brock Osweiler has been solid over his first two starts with Houston, throwing for 499 yards and three touchdowns but also has three interceptions. Lamar Miller has 189 yards rushing while rookie Will Fuller has nine catches for 211 yards to lead the receiving corps. DeAndre Hopkins is leading the team in catches and could be in line for a big night. The defense should have a field day dealing with New England’s Jacoby Brissett in his first NFL start. This should be a great chance for the Texans to remain undefeated before going home again next week.
The Patriots began their home schedule with a 31-24 win over the Miami Dolphins after holding on for the win. They lost Jimmy Garoppolo to a shoulder injury and it’s not clear whether or not he will play in this game leaving it up to rookie Jacoby Brissett. Brissett went 6-for-9 for 92 yards after coming in for Garoppolo last week and now has a short week to prepare for a very good Houston defense. It will be a challenge for him. LeGarrette Blount has rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns and must have a huge game. Julian Edelman leads the team in catches with 14 for 142 yards. New England is just trying to hold on until Tom Brady returns from his suspension.
What time is the Patriots vs. Texans game?
The Patriots vs. Texans game will begin at 8:25 P.M. Eastern/7:25 P.M. Central.