- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

HOUSTON (2-0) at NEW ENGLAND (2-0)

Thursday, 8:25 p.m. EDT, CBS/NFL Network

OPENING LINE - Houston by 1

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Houston 2-0, New England 2-0

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 6-1

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Texans 27-6, Dec. 13, 2015

LAST WEEK - Texans beat Chiefs 19-12; Patriots beat Dolphins 31-24

AP PRO32 RANKING - Patriots No. 1 (tie), Texans No. 7

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (11), PASS (24).

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (11), PASS (4).

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (7), PASS (9).

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (9), PASS (28).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Texans looking for first 3-0 start since 2012. . Win would give Houston its 100th all-time regular-season victory. . Houston coach Bill O’Brien was Patriots assistant from 2007 to 2011. . Texans have not allowed touchdown in six consecutive quarters. . Houston leads NFL with nine sacks, most through two games in team history. .Texans are 2-5 in Thursday night games. .While with Broncos last season, QB Brock Osweiler won in only other previous start against New England, 30-24 in Denver. . Rookie WR Will Fuller is third player in NFL history with 100-plus receiving yards in each of first two career games. . DE J.J. Watt has six sacks, nine tackles for loss and fumble return for TD in nine Thursday games. Since entering NFL in 2011, he has 76 sacks, most in NFL. … Patriots coach Bill Belichick is 10-2 in Thursday games. … QB Jimmy Garoppolo is 2-0 as starter and has 117.2 passer rating. . If QB Jacoby Brissett starts, it would be first time New England has started rookie QB since Drew Bledsoe in 1993. . Patriots are 91-47-1 against AFC South teams, only division in NFL where they have winning records against each team. . Including playoffs, New England has won 27 of past 29 at home. … TE Martellus Bennett has 271 catches since 2012, fourth most by NFL tight end. . Fantasy Tip: Patriots WR Julian Edelman looking for third 100-yard receiving game against Houston.

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