Some quick-hit thoughts on a potential area for the Patriots to exploit on Monday night:
* Over the last 3 weeks, the Texans are allowing 445.7 yards per game, second worst in the NFL (Jaguars – 452.3). Houston has allowed at least 250 passing yards in 3 straight games. Prior to this stretch, the Texans defense had never allowed 250 passing yards in back-to-back games under Wade Phillips (since 2011).
* The Texans have allowed at least three completions on passes more than 20 yards downfield in each of their last three games. The Texans allowed three such completions in three of their previous 27 games (including playoffs).
It's not all good news for the Pats, however. In order to have time to throw the long ball, you have to contain this guy:
* J.J. Watt is second in the NFL with a franchise-record 16.5 sacks this season. His 10.0 road sacks are the most in the NFL. Watt leads the league with 7.5 sacks on plays with at least 6 pass blockers.