Let's take a look at who Mike Florio and Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk think will win the Monday Night Football showdown between the Texans and Patriots:
MDS’s take: Now this is a great Monday Night Football game. If the Texans win, the race for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs is pretty much over. But I think the Patriots are a better football team right now, and they’re going to take this one and make a big statement that they’re the favorites to get to the Super Bowl out of the AFC, even if they have to win a rematch in Houston in January to get there.
MDS’s pick: Patriots 28, Texans 14.
Florio’s take: The Pats make their move toward the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff field. It’s a great game on paper, but it’s got the potential to be a snooze-fest.
Florio’s pick: Patriots 34, Texans 24.
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