1. Comeback Case- The past two contests for
Part of Keenum's adjutsment to the NFL has been taking snaps under center, as opposed to out of the shotgun formation. Head coach Gary Kubiak said he and the coaches are trying to find a happy medium in that area.
"We’re continuing to find out what he does best and take a hard look at everything we changed offensively a little bit to try to fit some of his strengths," Kubiak said. "So it has come back to doing a little bit of both and we’re trying to sort through that and see what we think he does best."
2. Run game vs. Patriots-
"As long as DJ continues to learn, protection-wise, and he can protect our quarterback, and I can be comfortable with that stuff, I think we continue to get him more and more," Kubiak said.
Tate, though, is as healthy as he's been since breaking four ribs at Kansas City.
"I think you’ll see Ben bounce back," Kubiak said. "He actually practiced a little bit more this week than he has in the past month. So hopefully that helps out.”
3. Milestones for Johnson- Wide receiver
With 32 receiving yards, he'll move past Jimmy Smith into 17th place on the NFL's all-time receiving yardage list.
But to do so, he'll likely have to get the better of Patriots' cornerback Aqib Talib. In the regular season matchup and playoff matchup last season, the veteran Texan pass-catcher had an odd statistic.
Eight catches for 95 yards. In both games. All told, he finished with a combined 16 catches for 190 yards. But said Talib is a challenge.
“Lot of respect for each other," Johnson said. "That was something we said after we went against each
4. Jackson's Back- After missing the last two games, and part of a third in the loss at Arizona,
The cornerback broke a rib against the Cardinals, but practiced all three days this week and will play versus New England.
He and the rest of the Texans' defense will have a big challenge waiting for them in quarterback Tom Brady. With 2,896 passing yards and 17 touchdown tosses, the future Pro Football Hall of Famer is enjoying another splendid season. Further, he's been aided by the return from injury of tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola.
5. Pressure on Brady- The Patriots' quarterback has been sacked 31 times in 2013. 10 of those
"Sack him," Smith said.
Fellow defensive end
“You have to know exactly what you’re supposed to do and how you’re supposed to execute it," Watt said. "Obviously, that’s something that we’re ready for. And we’re practicing and making sure that everybody knows exactly where they’re supposed to be and how they’re supposed to play.”
Watt and Smith have combined for 14.5 sacks in 2013. Watt leads the NFL with 35 quarterback hits.