Well it’s been a long time since the Patriots suffered “a really ugly one” so I don’t think that’s going to happen. It’s going to be a close game. The Texans have some injuries as well and based on how they’ve played the last few weeks I don’t see anything that makes me think they’ll simply steamroll New England regardless.
It’s also possible the Patriots will get a couple guys back as well, Chandler Jones being the most likely candidate, but perhaps Logan Mankins too.
The Dolphins had a good defense and the Patriots were a little off on Sunday, but I doubt you’ll get back to back flat performances from the offense. They’ll do what they need to do to move the ball, but I think they’ll likely spread the Texans out and then go to work on them.
Regardless of everything this game will come down to the fourth quarter but never bet against Tom Brady and the Patriots at home in December.