The Patriots won the AFC East with a 12-4 record in 2019. They were bounced from the playoffs in a Wild Card loss at home to Tennessee.
Bill Belichick enters his 21st season as the Patriots head coach. New England has won 10 or more games every year since 2003. Belichick and the Patriots have won six Super Bowls, and played in three more.
Houston triumphed over the Patriots last season at NRG Stadium, winning a Sunday Night Football affair, 28-22. It was the first Texans' victory over New England since 2009. In all, the franchises have met 10 times in the regular season, and the Patriots have won eight of those games.
Notable Patriots: CB Stephon Gilmore, QB Cam Newton, WR Julian Edelman
RB Lamar Miller was a Texan from 2016-2019, and went to the Pro Bowl following the 2018 season. He gained 2,934 yards in three seasons of play. QB Brian Hoyer started nine games for the 2015 AFC South champion Texans. DE John Simon played for the Texans from 2014-2016, and tallied 10 sacks in that span.
General manager/Head coach Bill O'Brien and associate head coach Romeo Crennel were both assistant coaches in New England. O'Brien was with the Patriots from 2007-2011, while Crennel was there from 1993-96, and then again from 2001-2004.
Executive vice president, football operations Jack Easterby worked for the Patriots from 2013-2018.
Coaching intern Sammy Morris was a running back for New England from 2007-2011.
WR Brandin Cooks spent the 2017 season with New England. CB Keion Crossen's rookie season of 2018 was with the Patriots.