Texans prepare for Patriots


The New England Patriots kick off the year at home as they host the Houston Texans on Sunday. Usual suspects Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are back and  seek their eighth consecutive trip to the AFC Championship Game, and  third straight trip to the Super Bowl.  Brady is 41 years old and  entering his 19th NFL season.  The Texans have second-year quarterback DeShaun Watson back under center after a  torn ACL derailed his standout rookie year.  Defensive star J.J. Watt is  also back after playing just eight games over the past two years with  various injuries.

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