Patriots - Texans: 3 things to watch for in National Football League playoffs divisional round

The second of those games will be held at 8:15 pm EST on Saturday, and will see the Houston Texans travel to MA to take on the New England Patriots. After a season's worth of shaky offensive line play, that unit played its best game all year against the Lions Saturday night.

Of course, Brady wasn't supposed to be New England's quarterback that season, but took over late its second game when Jets linebacker Mo Lewis collapsed Drew Bledsoe's lung on a hit down the sideline. The Patriots dismantled the Texans 27-0 during Week 3 of the regular season and that win occurred with rookie third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

J.J. Watt is one of the hardest-working National Football League defensive linemen in the NFL. Justin Houston is going to be back in the lineup on the defensive side of the ball, and that's going to be a huge plus for them. They will also be putting plenty of pressure on Brady throughout the game. Brady is the all-time postseason leader in: touchdown passes (56), passing yards (7,957), completions (738), most 300-yard games (10), and perhaps most importantly wins (22). It's going to have no bearing on how we'll go up there and how we feel because of what someone else said. He knows Tom Brady's tendencies, he knows Bill Belichick's tells and instincts. "That's probably optimistic, but we will certainly be better off for him being out there than we would be if he were watching the game". I won't be one of those ones to call it quits and say 'No, I'm not retiring, I'm coming back.' When it's time to hang my cleats up, I'm going to hang them up for good.

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It was not immediately clear what caused the 40-year-old mother's chairlift death, extremely rare in the United States. Her 9-year-old sister airlifted via Flight for Life to Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora as of late Thursday.

"When (Bledsoe) was ready to comeback (they said) 'all right, what are we gonna do?', so there was some decision time there about that", Crennel said. "If the route isn't open, he's been able to tuck it and run, get a first down that way, and that's how we play". The Texans should put up a fight in this one, but in the end that Patriots are too much for this Texan team to handle especially in New England.

Osweiler knows the play on the field starts with the mental aspect and getting that handled is the biggest key on Saturday.

If he can make Brady uncomfortable in that pocket, then that's the chance they have. The Chiefs defense has been pretty stingy this season aside from that game.

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He reached his boiling point after Lions running back Zach Zenner scored on a 5-yard run midway through the second quarter. Both Prescott and rookie rusher Ezekiel Elliott have greatly benefited from Dallas's stout offensive line.

If this is the end, what better way to go out by shocking the world by beating his old team on the way? His eyes are set on the Super Bowl and I have a hard time doubting him.

Nose tackle Vince Wilfork spent 11 seasons with New England, making five Pro Bowls and winning two Super Bowls.

Local players to watch: New England - RB LeGarrette Blount (Oregon), S Patrick Chung (Oregon), P Ryan Allen (West Salem High School).

Winter Storm Hits Plains, High Winds in Nebraska
Almost 20,000 customers of the South Dakota Rural Electric Association were without power as of Monday afternoon, according to AP. Heavy snow, freezing rain and wind gusts will make holiday travel treacherous in swaths of the northern United States.

After tearing his ACL in 2015, Charles was expected to return during the first half of 2016, but instead he ended up undergoing another procedure in November to have both knees cleaned up and sat out the entire season. If they can at least contain him, then they're going to have a chance to come out on top.


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