The Patriots come into this game with the best record in the AFC and favorites to win the AFC and the Super Bowl. But the best defense they’ve had in a while doesn’t coincide with their best offense, so there is a chance they will falter before the regular season is over.
The Texans lead their division after beating the Colts in a crucial game last week, but have very little room for error at 7-4, as they set to take on the Patriots. Playing at home helps, but New England is favored by three on the road.
The Bills have played well enough to be a threat to the Patriots in their division still, as they are 9-3, and the Patriots are 10-1. Any faltering by New England could leave a door open for the Bills, as they will get a rematch in Week 16. The Patriots don’t have a cupcake schedule to end the season with the Texans on the road, then the Chiefs at home, a comfortable win at the Bengals, then the Bills and another easy win against the Dolphins.
After the Patriots, the Texans schedule is vs. Broncos, @Titans, @Buccaneers, vs. Titans. It isn’t a murderer’s row for the Titans who have upped their game of late. The AFC South could come down to Week 17 this season.
Patriots: Off the board
Texans: Yes (-455), No (+340)
Patriots: -10000 to win AFC East (Bills next at +2000)
Texans: -139 to win AFC South: (Colts next at +110)