PATRIOTS’KEYS TO VICTORY
1. Short memories: The Patriots have to forget all about taking the Texans to the woodshed in December. Bill Belichick has been preaching all week that that game has nothing to do with this game. He is smart, so we believe him.
2. Middle school: Vince Wilfork (right) has to continue his season-long dominance in the center of New England’s defense. He has both the power to occupy multiple blockers and the speed to shoot gaps and make plays in the backfield.
3. Start fast: The Texans play much better when they are in front and can grind the clock. So come out sharp and get Houston behind the eight ball. That also will allow the Patriots to run a balanced offense, so Tom Brady won’t have to throw it 50 times.
Prediction: Patriots 31, Houston 17