No one expects the Texans to win this game. In truth, a loss would be more beneficial to their long term success than a win. The Texans lost around five or six spots in the draft in 2010 when they won their final game against Jacksonville. The Patriots are obviously a much bigger challenge than the Jaguars, but similarly a win after their playoff chances had already vanished, would hurt them in the upcoming NFL draft.
If the Texans still have fight left in them, we'll find out quickly on Sunday. After two embarrassing losses to two bad teams at home, signs of them starting to mail it in wouldn't be surprising. However, they were dominated twice by the Patriots last season so you have to figure pride will kick in for Texans players to make sure this game is at least competitive.
Takeaways - The Patriots defense hasn't been dominate, but it's been opportunistic. Coming into this week the Patriots are tied for 4th in the NFL in takeaways at 2.1 per game. The Texans rank 23rd in offensive turnovers and 30th in turnover differential (-12); turnovers will likely be a big factor again this week.