Pats scratch a few starters

We still don't know how much the New England Patriots will rest their best players Sunday against the Houston Texans.

But they are going to sit a few of them. Among the players Bill Belichick has deactivated are running backs Kevin Faulk and Laurence Maroney and defensive linemen Vince Wilfork and Ty Warren.

I will be watching this game and the other two 1 p.m. AFC East kickoffs from my command central on the 10th floor of the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott before heading over the Meadowlands for the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets.

ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss is on the scene in Houston to share his observations throughout the day.