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Shaughnessy responds to Arian Foster's Twitter avatar

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Shaughnessy responds to Arian Foster's Twitter avatar

Dan Shaughnessy isn't giving the Houston Texans a chance next Sunday.

In his latest column for the Boston Globe, he wrote that the Patriots wouldn't have much of a problem beating up on the Texans as they did the last time the two sides met.

Well, Arian Foster - the Texans star running back - saw the article. How do we know? He made it his Twitter avatar (picture).

That prompted a firestorm of speculation as to whether Shaughnessy was right in writing what he did, or if players like Foster on the Texans just can't stand the the heat.

Shaughnessy joined Lou Merloni on Sports Tonight to discuss the situation.

"This is indicative of the problems that they have there in Houston," Shaughnessy said. "If you wrote something about the Giants or the Jets, no player would respond to something that was in the Boston Globe. So yeah, it's a little bit alarming. It's a litle piece of evidence that those guys are in trouble. I hope I'm wrong, I want a close game. I want some competition."

Check out the video for much more.

Game notes: Patriots tie Browns for second-longest streak of .500-or-better seasons

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Game notes: Patriots tie Browns for second-longest streak of .500-or-better seasons

Notes from the Patriots' 33-8 victory over the Raiders in Mexico City . . . 

-- New England is now 8-2 and is guaranteed to have a .500 or better record for the 17th consecutive season, tying the 1957-73 Browns for the second-longest streak in NFL history. The record is 21, held by the 1965-85 Cowboys. The Pats last had a losing season in 2000, when they were 5-11 in Bill Belichick's first season in New England.

PATRIOTS 33, RAIDERS 8

-- The Patriots have now won 13 straight road games, setting a franchise record. They remain in second place on the NFL all-time list, behind the 18 straight road games won by the 1988-90 49ers.

-- Tom Brady completed 30 of 37 passes (81.1 percent) for 339 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 131.9 passer rating. Brady has 82 career games with at least 300 passing yards and is the only player in NFL history to record a 300-yard passing game in three different countries (United States, United Kingdom and Mexico). Brady is also the first player to have a game with at least three passing touchdowns in three different countries.

-- The Pats are now 3-0 in international games, and have outscored their opponents by a combined 113-22 score in those games. 

-- Stephen Gostkowski scored 15 points on four field goals and three PATs and moved into the top 20 on the all-time NFL scoring list.

-- Gostkowski set a franchise record for longest field goal, 62 yards, in the light air of Mexico City.