The New England Patriots have been the winningest franchise in sports for the last two decades. The Houston Texans, uh, haven’t been anything close to that. But the Texans have made clear they want nothing more than to breathe the same rarefied air Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, and
Tom Brady Cam Newton Mac Jones do. Hence Houston’s persistent insistence on importing anyone with Patriots ties to NRG Park.
While it might seem clear to outsiders that these attempts to duplicate “The Patriot Way” are destined for failure, Cal McNair is content to keep on keepin’ on, no matter what Albert Einstein (or Rita Mae Brown) says. At NRG Stadium on Sunday, we’ll have a front row seat to see how alike the Texans and Patriots really are. Here’s what you need to know to catch the game.
Kickoff Time: 12 p.m. CDT on Sunday, October 10th.
TV Broadcast: CBS.
Radio Broadcast: Sports Radio 610 (AM), 100.3 (FM), and SXM 226. NFL Game Pass also provides an audio streaming service.
Online Streaming: Viewers in the U.S. can use the NFL Mobile app if they have a Verizon subscription. Everyone else can use the NFL Game Pass subscription service to watch the game.
Opponent Blog: Pats Pulpit.
Facebook: Sure, you like us. But do you really, really like us?
NFL Network Replay: To be determined.
In terms of what we'll be doing for the game itself, expect "Countdown To Kickoff" to post at 8 a.m. CDT on Sunday. The first open thread for Texans-Pats will publish at 11:45 a.m. CDT. We'll add live open threads if necessary during the game, and we'll have a post-game reaction thread as soon as the game's over.