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Patriots Talk Podcast: Turkey Day Edition! Would Cassel take Lamar or Deshaun? Does Houston have a problem with Patriots offense?

Patriots Talk Podcast: Turkey Day Edition! Would Cassel take Lamar or Deshaun? Does Houston have a problem with Patriots offense?

Matt Cassel and Tom E. Curran are talking turkey in the latest Patriots Talk Podcast, as well as talking mobile quarterbacks (Jackson or Watson?) and the unique challenge the Texans present Sunday for the Pats. 

3:12: Matt Cassel joins Tom Curran to discuss their plans for Thanksgiving, and debate if having ham on the table is a common tradition.

7:06: Would the Patriots have dominated the Cowboys offense the way they did if there was good weather? And Tom asks Matt about Dak Prescott's decision to put gloves on in the middle of the game.

10:38: Matt discusses the challenges that the Texans offense poses for the Patriots defense that is unique to anything else they’ve seen this year.

18:58: How difficult is it to prepare for this Sunday's game with Thanksgiving coming up? Could the travel, plus the holiday cause a ripple effect into next week?

28:56: Tom admits that he never predicted the level of success Lamar Jackson is having in Baltimore, did Matt?

32:27: Finally, Tom and Matt wrap up Thanksgiving discussion: Did you ever have to sit at a kids' table?

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Deshaun Watson or Lamar Jackson? Matt Cassel takes his pick

Deshaun Watson or Lamar Jackson? Matt Cassel takes his pick

When it comes to having young, exciting players at quarterback, the NFL is in good hands.

Deshaun Watson, Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes and Dak Prescott each have shown the potential to be among the league's best for years to come. Watson and Jackson, in particular, have been in the MVP conversation this year -- one year after Mahomes won the award.

All four QBs have faced or will face the Patriots this season. Jackson helped the Ravens hand New England its lone loss, while Prescott fell just short of a victory in Week 12.

Watson will get his turn this coming Sunday, then Mahomes will look to get revenge after losing to the Patriots in last season's AFC Championship Game.

So out of those four talented QBs, which would be the best to build a team around? Former Pats backup QB Matt Cassel made his pick on the latest episode of Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast, and it wasn't an easy choice.

"I really do love Deshaun. I also love Mahomes as well. Those two are at the top of my list," Cassel told Curran. "Dak would be No. 4 on that list. Lamar is No. 3 but I could easily move him up. Because if you're drafting, from that organizational standpoint, you've got to have the personnel to do it. So you have to have those pieces of the puzzle together and have an idea of what you want to do. If you have that, then Lamar would fit your system. But I don't know if everyone has that unique personnel that Baltimore has.

"And then between Deshaun and Mahomes, I like Deshaun ... I like his leadership, I like the way he carries himself. His offensive line has been 'eh' at times and he makes that team so much better. He's been outstanding. I really just like the way he plays the game."

Bill Belichick said it himself, Watson presents a "big challenge" for this Patriots defense in Week 13. Like Jackson, he's a dual-threat who can put up points in a hurry. It's interesting to note, though, that Jackson's Ravens blew out Watson's Texans 41-7 in their Nov. 17 matchup.

Curran and Cassel also discuss the Patriots win over the Cowboys, the challenges the Texans pose for Sunday's game, and the difficulty of preparing for a matchup during Thanksgiving week.

Listen below (Watson vs. Jackson talk begins at 28:08 mark):

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Bill Belichick details why Texans QB Deshaun Watson is 'big challenge' for Patriots defense

Bill Belichick details why Texans QB Deshaun Watson is 'big challenge' for Patriots defense

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has one of the most impressive skill sets in the NFL, and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick listed many of those talents while explaining why the young star poses such a challenge for his defense in Sunday night's Week 13 matchup.

The Patriots, who lead the AFC standings with a 10-1 record, are set to play the Texans at NRG Stadium in a game that will have a huge impact on the AFC playoff race

Watson is one of the best quarterbacks the Patriots defense will face all season, and one of his best traits is the ability to come through in clutch situations late in games.

"Look, the New Orleans game, they’re down by six with no timeouts, they’ve got the ball on their own 25-yard line, score in 14 seconds – the two big plays to (DeAndre) Hopkins and (Kenny) Stills," Belichick said Tuesday in a media conference call. "Then, the Atlanta game, down by eight, two minutes to go, score on a 50-yard pass on a double-move to (Will) Fuller. Fourth-and-one situations, Watson’s had a couple big keepers like he did against New Orleans and scored from about the 20-yard line or so on a zone read and he kept the ball.

"So, he’s very, very good. He’s a very accurate downfield passer, he’s made some great throws on double-moves, seam routes, post patterns, go routes, things like that. And of course, we all know he’s a very athletic guy with the ball in his hands. So, (he is) dangerous, can score from anywhere at any time, doesn’t take long. It’ll be a big challenge for us for 60 minutes, but even with a few seconds to go, it’s a long way from – any game’s a long way from being over if he has his hands on the ball."

Watson doesn't make many mistakes. His 69.0 completion percentage is the third-highest among quarterbacks who've played seven or more games in 2019. He's also one of just four QBs with 20-plus touchdown passes and fewer than 10 interceptions.

However, his stats versus the Patriots, albeit in a small two-game sample size, are not very good. Watson has completed just 58 percent of his passes (39-for-67) for 377 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions against the Patriots in his career. The Texans lost both games, with the most recent matchup coming in Week 1 of the 2018 campaign.

The Patriots defense has been sensational against the pass this season. New England's D allows the fewest passing yards per attempt and the second-fewest passing yards per game, while leading in interceptions and opposing QB rating. Veteran cornerback Stephon Gilmore is the leading candidate for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, and he likely will be tasked with shutting down Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Watson will need to play his best game of the season for the Texans to upset the Patriots and keep their lead atop the AFC South division. The Patriots defense rarely lets mistakes go unpunished, so the margin of error for Watson will be very, very small Sunday night.

Do Patriots or Ravens have tougher road to the AFC's No. 1 seed?

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