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Texans' keys to victory against Patriots

Texans' keys to victory against Patriots

Dont'a Hightower and Malcolm Butler were among the almost dozen Patriots players who took a knee during the national anthem on Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium. That was the only time players on the Patriots had done any kind of protest on the field.

The NFL has seen an uptick in national anthem protests since Friday's comments from President Donald Trump that NFL players should be fired if they kneel for the anthem. The three teams that have allowed more - Saints, Colts, Jets - have not won a game. Even players who stood for the anthem - including lone Steelers player Alejandro Villanueva (an ex-Army Ranger) - did so in their own way to make a statement. It went all the way down to defensive end Cassius Marsh, who was in coverage during the 78-yard touchdown Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. "Eventually, it's going to bite us in the butt like it did in the first game".

Both of those games were played at Gillette Stadium. The defending Super Bowl champions will need another strong effort when they face the Houston Texans on Sunday (10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, CBS, DirecTV).




I've come up with a few keys for the Texans to take down the Patriots. Also, RB Alfred Blue and NT Brandon Dunn are listed as questionable.

"Being able to stop the big plays is one of the things we focus on all the time", Flowers said. However, wide receiver Danny Amendola returned to practice after suffering a concussion in Week 1.


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