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New England won three of the four previous regular-season meetings against Houston, as well as last season's divisional-round playoff matchup. Quarterback Tom Brady has been less than stellar during the Patriots' road skid, throwing just one touchdown against three interceptions. He has been tremendous in December, however, posting a 41-6 record in the month over his career.
Despite its overall struggles, Houston leads the NFL in total defense (290.4 yards per game) and passing defense (171.8). Wide receiver Andre Johnson is eight catches away from becoming the 15th player in league history with 900 career receptions. Defensive end J.J. Watt looks to extend his streak to six straight games with a sack.
LINE: The Patriots opened -9.5 but have been bet down to -7.5. The total is steady at 47.
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: New England (-6.0) + Houston (+6.5) - home field (-3.0) = Patriots -9.5
* Patriots are 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games after surrendering 30 or more points in their previous contest.
* Texans are 2-5 ATS in their last seven December games.
* Over is 5-0 in the last five meetings.
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs - Open: +4, Move: +5.5
News in regards to a pair of the Chiefs best players on the defensive side of the ball has swayed the line to Denver. LB Justin Houston will be out Sunday (and could be out 2-3 weeks) while Tamba Hali, a doubt most of the week, has declared himself 'ready to go'.
"Action has been loving Denver since release by about a 4-to-1 clip," says Aron Black of Bet365. "It's the same as the SU action. This line will move one way or another depending on up/downgrades."
Jason Campbell, QB, Cleveland Browns (out, concussion)
Campbell was beaten up in last week's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, having his ribs bruised and suffering a concussion. The first injury didn't keep him out of the game, but the second one did - leaving the Browns with no other option than to put much-maligned Brandon Weeden back on the field. Campbell didn't practice all week and will sit this one out as Weeden gets the call. He'll be in tough against a Jacksonville team that has won two of its last three games after opening the season with eight consecutive losses.
Cleveland is a 7-point favorite against the visiting Jaguars, with the total at 39.5.