Getting ready for the game
The Patriots host the Texans today at Gillette Stadium. The game begins at 1 p.m.
- Watch Patriots Pregame Live at 11 a.m. with Michael Felger, Charlie Weis, Bert Breer, Troy Brown, Rob Ninkovich, Dr. Jessica Flynn and DJ Bean in Burlington, and Tom E. Curran, Mike Giardi and Phil Perry in Foxboro.
- As soon as the second quarter ends, watch Halftime Live.
- When the game ends, watch Patriots Postgame Live.
Tune into CSN to watch, or click here for the livestream of the shows (and all CSN programming).
Here's what you need to know about the game . . .
WHERE AND WHEN TO WATCH (OR LISTEN)
GAME TIME: 1 p.m.
SITE: Gillette Stadium
TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 1-1, Texans 1-1
ON TV: CBS
TV ANNOUNCERS: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn
ON LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub Patriots Radio Network
LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci, Scott Zolak
ON NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One Sports
NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: John Sadak, Al Groh
FACTS AND FIGURES
ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Patriots lead, 8-1
LAST MEETING: Patriots 34, Texans 16 on Jan. 14, 2017 in AFC semifinals at Gillette Stadium
GOING FOR THREE: The Patriots and Texans are meeting in the regular season for the third consecutive season. The Pats won 27-6 in Houston in 2015, and 27-0 in Foxboro in 2016.
PERFECT HOSTS: The Patriots are undefeated (5-0) against the Texans at Gillette Stadium.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-- Tom Brady has 184 regular-season victories as Patriots quarterback, the third-most QB wins in NFL history. If the Pats win today he will move to within one of Peyton Manning and Brett Favre, who are tied for first at 186.
-- If Rob Gronkowski has a 100-yard receiving game today, he will move into sole possession of second place on the NFL's all-time list of 100-yard games by tight ends. He is currently tied with Kellen Winslow at 24. Tony Gonzalez is first overall with 31.
-- Stephen Gostkowski is currently 23rd in NFL history in total points scored with 1,478. He needs 30 more to reach the top 20.
Tom E. Curran's game preview
Gon’ be steamy Sunday. When the Patriots hit the field at Gillette it’s going to feel more like a training camp day and that’s a subtext to this game. Can the Patriots string plays together and keep the Houston defense on the field long enough to get them gassed? The Texans are a high-energy bunch but the combo of tempo and temperature could have an impact, especially if Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson isn’t able to keep the Houston offense on the field long enough to give his defense a break. Meanwhile, despite losing by 27 and 18 last year, the Texans can look at both of those Patriots losses and play a little bit of what-if. In both games, special teams was their bugaboo. This has the makings of a rockfight.
Tough to attack
The Texans' defense will be a challenge to the Patriots, and could be one of keys to today's game.
TOM E. CURRAN: Texans perfectly positioned to slow down Brady and the Pats
PHIL PERRY: Houston's 'diamond' front is a handful
TODAY'S GAME FORECAST: Sunny, hot and humid, High 86 degrees. Winds light and variable.