Perhaps the main reason why the Texans have only one win in 11 games versus the Patriots is the absolutely brutal performances from Houston quarterbacks.
Check out these stats for Texans starting quarterbacks against the Patriots, per NFL Media's Mike Giardi:
I don't get caught up in past records but it is amazing to think the #Texans have just one win in 11 tries versus the #Patriots all-time, and that win was quarterbacked by Matt Schaub in the season-finale in 2009 (Wes Welker game). pic.twitter.com/vWY73XEnA6
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) November 27, 2019
For the Texans to earn a much-needed 13 Week win over the Patriots on Sunday night at NRG Stadium, starting quarterback Deshaun Watson needs to reverse this trend.
Watson is the best quarterback the Texans franchise has ever had, and it's not even close, but he's also struggled to play at a high level versus the Patriots. Watson has completed just 58 percent of his passes (39-for-67) for 377 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions in two career games (both losses) against the Patriots.
New England has the best pass defense in the NFL, one that includes the league's top cornerback in Stephon Gilmore and a front seven that's tallied the fourth-most sacks. Anything less than Watson's A-game probably will result in a loss for Houston.
However, the burden of beating the Patriots cannot fall solely on Watson's shoulders. His defense needs to do its part as well. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has owned the Texans this decade. He's 7-0 with 2,179 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions against the Texans since 2010.
The Texans have a tremendous opportunity to send a statement to the rest of the league with a win over the AFC's top team. Therefore, we should learn a lot about Houston's mettle Sunday night.
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These brutal Texans QB stats show Patriots' dominance over Houston originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston