It wouldn't be hyperbole to say that a Texans victory on Saturday night in Foxborough would be one of the biggest upsets in NFL playoff history. Of course, the Patriots being favorites in a playoff game is nothing new, especially at home where they are 15-3 during the Bill Belichcik/Tom Brady era.
The Miami Dolphins (10-5) will host the New England Patriots (13-2) to wrap up the NFL regular season for both teams. The two AFC East rivals last met in week 2 in Foxborough with the Patriots coming out on top by a score of 31-24. While both teams have already clinched a playoff berth, this matchup looms large with several AFC teams still jockeying to improve their seeding.
Since Tom Brady took over as the starting quarterback in 2001, the New England Patriots haven’t had much trouble winning anywhere... except in Denver. Brady is just 2-7 in the Mile High City, and he’s currently on a three-game skid that included two losses last season.
The Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots are very much in the thick of the postseason races. But while Patriots fans are in their usual December “let’s just stay healthy for the playoffs” mode, Ravens fans are already treating every week like a playoff game.
When the NFL schedule was revealed, this was a primetime matchup: The Patriots, the long-standing kings of the AFC East, against the (apparently) rising Jets, who had just missed the playoffs last season despite winning 10 games.