|01.03.10 at 12:06 pm ET|
Things to keep in mind while staying warm and watching the Patriots tune up for the playoffs:
The Patriots have won their two previous meetings with the Texans, including 23-20, in OT in their only regular season visit in 2003.
Of course, to finish off the 2003 season they won Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium when they beat Carolina, 32-29, in Houston.
This could very well be a shootout as the Patriots rank second in the NFL in offense, averaging 402.7 yards a game. Houston is fifth with 379.3.
The Patriots are 76-46-1 (.622) all-time against the AFC South, including 2-1 this season.
Both defenses in the top half of the NFL, with the Patriots coming on strong. Pats allowing 312.3 yards a game (9th) while Hou 325 (14th).
Patriots finish as the 3rd seed in AFC playoffs with a win and a loss by the Bengals against Jets. They are 4th with loss and Bengals win. One factor not getting a lot of play is the fact if the Bengals and Patriots win two playoff games, they could face each other in the AFC Championship and this last weekend of regular season would determine home field advantage.
If Pats and Bengals finish with same record, either 10-6 or 11-5, seeding comes down to strength of victory calculation.
Houston is 8-7 and can get into playoffs with a win and one of three combinations. 1. Bal+Den lose. 2. NYJ+Den lose. 3.NYJ+Bal lose.
|01.03.10 at 11:43 am ET|
Today’s Patriots inactives are CB Leigh Bodden, RB Kevin Faulk, RB Laurence Maroney, OL Rich Ohrnberger, DL Ty Warren, OL Ryan Wendell, CB Terrence Wheatley and NT Vince Wilfork.
Maroney and Faulk are inactive for the first time this season.
Vince Wilfork inactive for the third straight game while Warren is inactive for the second time in the final three games.
For the Texans, the inactives are Dan Orlovsky (3QB), WR Glenn Martinez, RB Chris Henry, CB Mark Parson, OL Tutan Reyes, OL Ephraim Salaam, DE Tim Jamison and DT Frank Okam.
|01.02.10 at 11:36 pm ET|
This Tuesday, January 5th at the Skybox Restaurant in Tewksbury at 6 p.m. KBK Sports is hosting a NE Patriots Playoff Party with Pats linebacker Gary Guyton to benefit Pets in Need.
Tickets are $20 each ($25 at the door) with $5 being donated to Pets in Need, which is a small adoption program run privately by volunteers who have joined together to save the unwanted and abandoned cats and dogs. Pets In Need is strictly no-kill. Reserve tickets early to save money.
Each ticket includes an 8×10 picture of Gary Guyton, autograph opportunity, photo opportunity and a chance to participate in a Q&A with Gary Guyton. There will be a NE Patriots silent auction and a raffle. Tickets are limited to ensure intimacy and time contraints. To reserve tickets please e-mail Jon Goode at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him directly at 978-805-5106.
|01.02.10 at 9:38 pm ET|
The Patriots were relatively healthy as they landed in Houston on Saturday for Sunday’s regular season finale against the Texans at 1 p.m. ET.
No downgrades were reported by the team on Saturday night. Ty Warren [ankle] and Vince Wilfork [foot] were the only questionable players for the contest.
Tom Brady leads a list of 10 players listed as probable. Others include CB Leigh Bodden (knee), WR Julian Edelman (forearm) DE Jarvis Green (knee), T Nick Kaczur (shoulder), RB Laurence Maroney (knee), WR Randy Moss (not injury related), CB Shawn Springs (knee), TE Benjamin Watson (knee) and WR Wes Welker (not injury related).
|01.01.10 at 5:14 pm ET|
Thanks to the Patriots’ PR staff, here’s the complete transcript of Bill Belichick’s Q&A with the media today at Gillette Stadium:
Q: Happy New Year.
BB: You too. Wish [you] the best for the New Year. It’s pretty cool watching Bobby Orr skate out on the ice there at Fenway. Watching Bobby on skates and Bobby Clarke. It makes you realize what a special sports town this is.
Q: Were you a hockey fan?
BB: I saw a lot of Orr. I went to school at Andover and then at Wesleyan. It was kind of right half New York half Boston, so it was a good rivalry there between the Knicks and the Celtics, and the Rangers and Bruins. He was tremendous, he is tremendous. It was great to see him on skates there.
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|01.01.10 at 3:50 pm ET|
Texans Injury Report
DT Shaun Cody (knee)
LB Brian Cushing (foot/ribs)
T Duane Brown (knee)
TE Joel Dreesen (shoulder)
WR Andre Johnson (ankle)
WR Jacoby Jones (shoulder)
|01.01.10 at 3:46 pm ET|
Patriots Injury Report
DE Ty Warren (ankle)
DL Vince Wilfork (foot)
CB Leigh Bodden (knee)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/right finger/rib)
WR Julian Edelman (forearm)
DE Jarvis Green (knee)
T Nick Kaczur (shoulder)
RB Laurence Maroney (knee)
WR Randy Moss (not injury related)
CB Shawn Springs (knee)
TE Benjamin Watson (knee)
WR Wes Welker (not injury related)
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