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Sunday Night Football open thread: Patriots at Texans

A dynamic Texans offense faces off against a dominant Patriots defense.

Houston Texans v New England Patriots

Tonight’s edition of Sunday Night Football features two playoff contenders in what could be another great prime time match. The New England Patriots travel to Texas to face off against the Houston Texans in a battle of two division leaders.

The Patriots are, as usual, atop the AFC East, although the 9-3 Buffalo Bills are close behind. Their sole loss has come against the hot-shot Baltimore Ravens, although there is some concern from the Tom Brady-led offense. Their previous two wins, against the Eagles and Cowboys, have been sub-20 offensive outputs, and their aerial attack has been modest compared to recent years. Still, the Patriots are rolling thanks to their superb defense, with their loss to Baltimore being their only game with more than 14 points allowed.

The Texans should be a capable challenge for the Patriots defense. Deshaun Watson has had an excellent season thus far, and DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller have been one of the better receiving duos in the league. The rushing attack has been potent as well, with Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson having success in a new home. The defense has been suspect, especially in a 41-7 loss to Baltimore in Week 11. Baltimore is a good team, eh?

Here’s how to watch:

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: NRG Stadium—Houston, TX
Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (sidelines)

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