1. The Patriots are looking to avoid their first three-game skid since 2002. They have played 213 consecutive games without suffering a three-game losing streak, the second-longest streak in NFL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The 49ers played 292 straight games, between 1980 and 1999, without losing three straight games.
2. The Patriots clinch the AFC East title with a win and a Jets loss (vs. Tennessee). The Patriots can clinch a playoff berth with a win, or a Steelers loss (at Cincinnati), or a Jets loss.
3. Tom Brady has completed 68.5 percent of his passes with tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Julian Edelman on the field this season. With either of them off, his completion percentage drops to 55.8 percent.
4. Brady has been under pressure 36 percent of the time against a standard pass rush since Week 10, the third-highest mark in the league. Since Week 6, the Texans have averaged the most sacks per game in the NFL with standard pressure.
5. Since Week 10, when Edelman got hurt at the end of the first quarter, Brady has been holding on to the ball longer. In Weeks 1-9 he was getting rid of the ball in an average of 2.10 seconds, the fastest in the league. In Weeks 10-13, that number has increased to 2.58, which ranks 22nd.
6. The Texans average 25.2 seconds of possession per play, second fastest in the NFL behind the Eagles. The Texans have run 864 offensive plays, which leads the NFL.
7. Danny Amendola has caught 56 of 68 targets this season (82.4 percent). That’s the highest reception percentage among qualified wide receivers this season. Meanwhile, Brandon LaFell has caught 25 of 53 targets (47.2 percent), the second worst in the NFL among qualified receivers.
8. Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins set a franchise record last week with his 10th receiving touchdown of the season. Hopkins is the only player in the NFL with at least five receptions in every game this season.
9. New England is one of four teams to not score a touchdown on defense or special teams this season. Houston has one non-offensive touchdown.
10. The Texans defense leads the NFL in third-down conversion percentage (28.7 percent). That’s on pace to be the best mark by any team since the 2003 Titans (27.7 percent).