NFL Sunday Week 11: Houston Texans vs New England Patriots Prediction and Analysis

November 21, 2020 3:00 pm

It’s been a season to forget for Deshaun Watson and his band of speedsters in the Houston Texans. The AFC South franchise suffered a 3-point loss during last weekend’s low-scoring setback against the Cleveland Browns. They are on a 2-7 record heading into Week 11.

Meanwhile, Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots made their way to a 23-17 win at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens. Cam Newton and Co. will be hoping to extend their winning run when they travel to Texas this weekend.

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 11 Game Day predictions.

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Deshaun Watson and Co. eager to prove a point for Houston Texans

After a dismal start to their 2020 NFL campaign, the Houston Texans have found some sort of form over the last 4 weeks. Interim Head Coach Romeo Crennel has brought about a knee-jerk effect in his players since Week 5.

With 2 wins from 5 games, Deshaun Watson and his teammates are aiming to resurrect an otherwise ‘dead’ NFL campaign.

A win against the Patriots will be the perfect statement of purpose to the massive Texans fanbase. However, defensive stars such as JJ Watt will need to be at their very best to stop the free-flowing New England attack led by Cam Newton.

The Cam Newton-led New England Patriots looking build on winning run

Confidence is running high within the Patriots dressing room after last week’s 6-point win over Baltimore Ravens. But coach Belichick will be well aware that his team needs a string of consistent wins in order to make the postseason in 2020.

The visitors will once again be without experienced wideout Julian Edelman, who remains sidelined with an injury. Pro Bowler Stephon Gilmore and TE Ryan Izzo are also listed as ‘questionable’ for tomorrow’s game.

Let’s hope that coach Belichick and OC Josh McDaniels can extract the most from the Patriots Secondary.

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NFL Preview: Houston Texans vs New England Patriots Injury Updates

Houston – Out

S Michael Thomas – Shoulder


P Bryan Anger – Right quad

FB Cullen Gillaspia – Back

G Senio Kelemete – Concussion

OLB Jacob Martin – Not injury related

DE Charles Omenihu – Hamstring

WR Kenny Stills – Back

T Laremy Tunsil – Illness

New England – Questionable

LB Ja’Whaun Bentley – Groin

DL Adam Butler – Shoulder

K Nick Folk – Back

CB Stephon Gilmore – Knee

DL Lawrence Guy – Shoulder, elbow and knee

LB Terez Hall – Shoulder

RB Damien Harris – Ankle, chest

WR N’Keal Harry – Shoulder

TE Ryan Izzo – Hamstring, hand

G Shaq Mason – Calf

DE John Simon – Elbow

WR Matthew Slater – Knee

G Joe Thuney – Ankle

DE Deatrich Wise – Knee, hand

T Isaiah Wynn – Ankle

Texans vs Patriots Prediction

Houston Texans 24 – 28 New England Patriots

Oct 18, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) scrambles against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

This game is bound to go right down to the wire. Considering the trajectory of both these teams, we reckon they’re both hungry to silence their respective set of doubters. However, we’re going to back Cam Newton and the Patriots for this one.

Coach Belichick knows how to get the most out of his depleted squad and we think they’ll grind out another win in Week 11 to extend their winning run to 2 games on the trot.

Will Deshaun Watson ruin the Patriots’ party plans for Sunday night? Tune in to find out.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche. He has previously written for Sportscafe and Republic World. In addition to that, Daniel has completed his first level in Spanish linguistic training with Hispanic Horizons. With respect to the NFL, Daniel is a keen admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers, while also closely following the career trajectory of the effervescent Tom Brady. The Mass Media graduate backs Patrick Mahomes to go on and make his mark as the ‘greatest to ever do it’ in the National Football League.

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