The Houston Texans prepare to travel to Gillette Stadium and face The New England Patriots in a huge playoff preview on Monday Night Football. The Patriots are happy to have this game at home, in what could be the tiebreaker for home field advantage. The Texans are the one of the leagues best road teams, and will not be intimidated against Tom Brady or the bad weather. A win for Houston would give them a 2 game lead with 3 games left in the season.
Arian Foster vs. The Front Seven
The Texans offense focuses on a power running game lead by Arian Foster. Foster leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns, and is 5th in yardage, trailing Adrian Peterson by 344 yards. Foster is only 36 yards behind Marshawn Lynch for 2nd, and facing 29th ranked Patriots rushing defense he will be looking for a big day. Foster is a bigger back with a violent running style and great speed, all traits that should help if this is a rainy game in Foxboro. Houston runs more out of two tight end sets than anyone in the league, using it to both pound the power run, and work down the field to their tight ends on play action.