TEXANS AT PATRIOTS, 5:30 p.m., ESPN, 950-AM, 102.9-FM
Line: Patriots by 4
Key stat: Houston (11-1) is the only team in the NFL with a perfect road record (6-0) this season, but New England (9-3) hasn’t lost a regular-season game in December since Dec. 22, 2002.
The buzz: Patriots RB Stevan Ridley, in his second pro season, is third in the AFC with 1,010 yards rushing coming into the game tonight. … The Patriots and the Texans are the only two offenses ranked in the top 10 in yards rushing and passing. … Houston RB Arian Foster is the AFC’s leading rusher with 1,102 yards this season. … New England’s Tom Brady has thrown 25 TD passes and just four interceptions this season. WR Wes Welker leads the NFL in receptions with 92.
The pick: Patriots 28, Texans 26
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