New England Patriots (1-3) at Houston Texans (1-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

ON THE AIRWAVES

TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Amanda Balionis (field reporter)
SIRIUS: 134 (NE), 81 (Hou.) | XM: 385 (NE), 226 (Hou.) | SXM App: 821 (NE), 812 (Hou.)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 8-3
STREAKS: Texans have won past 2
LAST GAME: 11/22/20: Patriots 20 at Texans 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/20

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS LEADERS HOUSTON TEXANS

L 19-17 vs. Tampa Bay LAST WEEK L 40-0 at Buffalo
Bill Belichick: 10-3 COACH VS. OPP. David Culley: 0-0
17.8/17.5 PTS. FOR/AGAINST 16.8/29.0
311.8 OFFENSE 263.3
Mac Jones: 112-160-1,012-4-4-84.7 PASSING Davis Mills (R): 38-67-357-2-5-50.4
Damien Harris: 49-172-3.5-1 RUSHING Mark Ingram: 52-171-3.3-1
Jakobi Meyers: 27-246-9.1-0 RECEIVING Brandin Cooks: 28-369-13.2-1
306.8 DEFENSE 401.8
Matt Judon: 4.5 SACKS Whitney Mercilus: 3
J.C. Jackson: 2 INTs Justin Reid: 2
-2 (5/7) TAKE/GIVE -1 (6/7)
Jake Bailey: 49.3 (39.3) PUNTING (NET) Cameron Johnston: 47.3 (43.3)
Nick Folk: 35 (5/6 PAT; 10/11 FG) KICKING Ka’imi Fairbairn: 0 (0/0 PAT; 0/0 FG)

 

PATRIOTS NOTES

• QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 31 of 40 passes (season-high 77.5 pct.) for 275 yards & season-high 2 TDs vs. INT for 101.6 rating last week. Leads all rookies in completions (112), comp. pct. (70) & pass yards (1,012) this season.

• RB DAMIEN HARRIS had 54 scrimmage yards (43 rush, 11 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 8th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB BRANDON BOLDEN tied career-high with 6 catches for 51 yards last week.

• WR JAKOBI MEYERS led team with 8 catches for 70 yards in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with 8+ catches. WR KENDRICK BOURNE had 5 catches for 58 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. WR NELSON AGHOLOR had 55 rec. yards in Week 4. Had 5 catches for 116 yards & TD in only career game vs. Hou. (12/23/18 w/ Phi.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 100+ rec. yards. TE HUNTER HENRY had 1st TD catch of season last week. Had rec. TD in only career game vs. Hou. (11/27/16 w/ Chargers). TE JONNU SMITH had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 4.

• DB J.C. JACKSON aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Has PD in 3 of 4 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT. DB JONATHAN JONES tied career-high with 9 tackles last week. Has 2 PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Hou. DB KYLE DUGGER had season-high 7 tackles & TFL last week. Aims for 5th in row with TFL. LB MATT JUDON aims for 4th in row with sack & 3rd in row with 2+ TFL. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with TFL.

 

TEXANS NOTES

• QB DAVIS MILLS (rookie) completed 11 of 21 passes (52.4 pct.) for 87 yards last week.

• RB MARK INGRAM has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. NE. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 8 vs. AFC East. Leads all active RBs in rush yards (7,495) & rush TDs (63). RB DAVID JOHNSON had 132 scrimmage yards (89 rush, 43 rec.) & rush TD in only career game vs. NE (9/11/16 w/ Az.). Has 550 scrimmage yards (110 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 5 career games vs. AFC East. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY rushed for 101 yards in only career game vs. NE (10/18/16 w/ Den.).

• WR BRANDIN COOKS had 5 catches for 47 yards last week. Is 1 of 2 in AFC (HUNTER RENFROW) with 5+ catches in each of 1st 4 weeks of season. Had 4 catches for 85 yards in last meeting. Has 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. Had 65 catches for 1,082 yards & 7 TDs for NE in 2017. TE JORDAN AKINS had 5 catches for 83 yards in last meeting.

• LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM aims for his 5th in row vs. NE with 7+ tackles. Since 2019, ranks 3rd in NFL with 328 tackles. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 7 tackles & PD in Week 3. Aims for his 6th in row with 6+ tackles. DE WHITNEY MERCILUS had sack last week & has sack in 3 of 4 games this season. Aims for 5th in row with TFL. CB DESMOND KING led team with 9 tackles & had 1st TFL & FF of season in Week 4. Had TFL in only career game vs. NE (10/29/17 w/ LAC). CB LONNIE JOHNSON had 1stcareer INT last week. Had 5 tackles in last meeting.