On Houston's end, its defense will be without starting corner Kevin Johnson and running back Alfred Blue as well as guard Jeff Allen, receiver Will Fuller, receiver Andy Jones, guard Jah Reid and defensive end Carlos Watkins. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw for two touchdowns and 213 yards to spark the Bills.
With events off the field dominating a dramatic day that saw widespread player protests, Brady once again laid on a masterclass to throw for five touchdowns in a 36-33 victory at Gillette Stadium.More news: Trump criticises McCain for opposing ObamaCare repeal
As the Texans stood arm in arm as one unit on one sideline, 16 members - all African-American - of the Patriots kneeled and two other groups stood arm in arm on the New England sideline. Chalk up another wonderful win for New England. Watson had a passer rating of 104.2, a dramatic difference from his first two National Football League games.
In short, the Patriots offense will be too much for the Texans to keep up with.
The crowning moment of a 378-yard passing display by the 40-year-old Brady came with the Patriots trailing 28-33 with just over two minutes remaining. That all showed Sunday as Watson drove the Texans down the field.More news: Kim Jong Un says he will 'tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard'
Houston regained possession with 0:23 left in the game. The Texans have a much better defense but I do not believe they can hold the Patriots to enough points to win.
"We're not going to play politics", Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said, as reported by ESPN. On Sunday, six Texans players caught a pass of 14 yards or longer.More news: India expected to focus on Pakistan, terrorism
The only time Watson didn't look like a polished product was an bad decision early in the second quarter. DeAndre Hopkins caught a team-high seven passes for 76 yards.