The injury-riddled New England Patriots face their first three-game losing streak in 13 years when they travel to take on the Houston Texans, and fans can watch live online in the week 14 edition of NFL Sunday Night Football — a game that could propel the Texans into the playoff picture if they can find away to inflict that elusive third straight defeat on Tom Brady and the 10-2 Patriots.
While the Patriots will likely continue to do without wide receiver Julian Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski, allowing Brady limited options in his normally varied passing game, the Texans face an injury concern of their own after three-time First Team All-Pro linebacker J.J. Watt suffered a broken left hand on the practice field earlier this week.
Watt, however, insists that he will play against the Patriots on Sunday — and even went as far as to claim that the injured hand won’t affect his ability to plow through the New England offensive line and bring down the quarterback. Watt leads the NFL with 13.5 sacks so far this season.
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”People are going to try to make a big deal out of this [injury], but I’ve played with worse than this before, even this season,” the six-foot, six-inch, 290-pound 26-year-old said at a press conference Thursday. ”This, I’m not very worried about. My elbow a couple years back was way more painful. This was painful when it happened, but it’s football. In a game of football you’re going to play with pain. If you don’t play with pain you’re probably in the wrong sport.”
To find out how to watch the New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans NFL week 14 Sunday Night Football game live online, see the streaming link at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Central Time at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, December 13 — 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time, 5:30 p.m. Pacific.
Check out how the ESPN First Take analysts see the Patriots-Texans game in the video below.
Coming into the game at 6-6, and winners of five of their last seven, after a dismal 1-4 start, the Texans are now tied with the Indianapolis Colts for the AFC South lead. But with Indianapolis holding the tiebreaker, losing to Indianapolis in week 5, Houston sits just outside the qualifying playoff slots.
The Texans need to win to keep pace with the Colts, who will be favored to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
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The Patriots once-high-flying offense has been tempered without Edelman and Gronkowski, Brady’s two favorite and most productive targets. Edelman, despite practicing with the team for the first time since breaking his foot in week 10, has already been ruled out of the Sunday night game, while Gronkowski is listed as questionable with a knee injury but is not expected to play.
With those two receivers in the game, Brady has completed 68.5 percent of his passes in the 2015 NFL campaign. But with either Edelman or Gronkowski — or both — on the sidelines, the future Hall of Fame quarterback has connected on only 55.8 percent of pass attempts.
Las Vegas still believes the Patriots will beat the Texans, however, installing New England as 3-point favorites.
The last time the Patriots dropped three games in a row came in 2002 when New England actually endured a four-game losing streak starting on September 29. The Patriots finished at 9-7 that season and missed the playoffs, still the worst record since Tom Brady took over as the team’s starting quarterback in 2001.
Will the New England Patriots rally on the road and stop their losing streak at two games? Or will the Houston Texans defense led by J.J. Watt put enough pressure on Tom Brady to smother the New England scoring attack? To find out, watch the New England Patriots Vs. Houtson Texans live online, in week 14 of NFL Sunday Night Football, via NBC Sports Live Extra, by clicking on this link.
Streaming video of the New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos will also be available on tablet computers by downloading the NBC Sports Live Extra app, as well as on set-top devices such as the Roku and Apple TV. Due to contractual agreements, live streaming NFL football games are not available on smartphones.
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