13th game, 13 intriguing angles

In a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Mike Reiss writes on the highly anticipated "Monday Night Football" clash between the Patriots and Texans (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.), picking 13 intriguing angles for the 13th game of the season for both teams.

The combined 20-4 record of both teams ties for the best in "Monday Night Football" history when each team has played at least 12 games, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Some quick hits from the piece:

1. The Texans are 6-0 on the road this season, the only NFL team with a perfect mark away from home in 2012. But beating the Patriots at home is no easy task. Since 2002, the Patriots' regular-season record at home is an NFL-best 71-14.

2. The Texans blitz more than any team in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information tracking, as they've sent five or more rushers 43.7 percent of the time this season. But Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is lethal against the blitz, having thrown 15 touchdowns and no interceptions this season against five or more rushers.

3. The Patriots are averaging an NFL-best 35.8 points per game. The Texans are second in the NFL, averaging 29.25 points per game.

4. One of the primary factors in the Patriots' offensive success has been third-down efficiency, as they are converting an NFL-best 52.6 percent of the time. Yet the Texans' defense is at its best on third down, ranking first in the league in holding opponents to a 28.4 percent success rate.

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