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Thursday Night Football Week 3: The undefeated Texans and Patriots meet

It’s a battle between Bill Belichick and one of his disciples, and that battle has been pretty one-sided.

New England Patriots v Houston Texans Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

On one hand, the Texans are mostly healthy, off to a 2-0 start, and looking strong defensively, with just enough offense from the likes of Lamar Miller and DeAndre Hopkins to get the job done. They’re facing a Patriots team that not only is without Tom Brady, but may also be without impressive backup Jimmy Garoppolo, who supposedly can’t even lift his arm at the moment.

On the other hand, the Patriots have owned the Texans over their last three meetings, Bill Belichick is a crazy genius, and New England is home. I think you know which way this one should go, at the very least.

Here’s what you’ll need to know to watch this Thursday Night Football matchup, if you’re tempted to do so.

Houston Texans - New England Patriots Info

What: Thursday Night Football, Houston Texans @ New England Patriots

When: Thursday, September 22, 8:25 p.m. EST

Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

TV Channel: NFL Network, CBS

What to Watch: The Patriots attempting to win with a third string quarterback, the rise of Jadeveon Clowney, DeAndre Hopkins catching all the passes

Prediction: Patriots 20, Texans 13

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