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hroughout the past week, the point spread for the Patriots versus Texans AFC playoff game has generated more discussion than the details of the actual matchup, a sign of just how anticlimactic this thing is supposed to be.
No one is giving the Texans a shot here, and for good reason. The Patriots are the hottest team in football, and they probably have the NFL’s most complete roster at this juncture of the season. The Texans are beyond fortunate to have made the Elite Eight and earned a trip to Gillette Stadium, bringing with them a very good defense — a unit that ranks No. 1 in the league in yards allowed — and a borderline incompetent offense.
Texans RB Lamar Miller vs. Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower. Miller had an average first season in Houston, rushing for a little more than 1,000 yards, averaging four yards a carry and scoring five touchdowns. He had 31 carries against Oakland for a mere 73 yards and a score. New England’s run defense was impressive down the stretch, tied for No. 3 in the league. Hightower is the man in the middle of it all as the Patriots look to stop the run and put the pressure on the Texans’ lackluster passing attack.