PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK: Receivers needed to lend a hand

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Prior to the injury, Watson threw for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns in seven games, adding 269 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 36 carries.

LeBron James as a football player has always been a fun thought experiment, but Tom Brady seems to have a specific vision for the National Basketball Association superstar's potential on the gridiron. Over the summer, McGinest predicted that Brady would retire if New England were to win Super Bowl LIII.

This is a matchup of high profile offenses, and is highly anticipated by National Football League fans across the nation. He was able to do so this past year as he was able to filter out the noise to push his team to a third Super Bowl appearance in the last four years.

The Patriots are 6.5 point favorites at home here, and the Over/Under total is listed at 51.

Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson isn't overthinking things as he prepares for his first game on Sunday at New England since a season-ending knee injury last November.

What is a bit surprising are the three players who are no longer team captains: Duron Harmon, Dont'a Hightower and, most notably, Rob Gronkowski. Given his performance last season, who's to argue? "I'm excited for this season". DE J.J. Watt has 76 career sacks, second most in NFL since entering league in 2011.

The Patriots started slow in 2017, getting dominated by the Kansas City Chiefs 42-27.

There's been plenty of speculation about when Tom Brady might eventually retire, but don't look for it to happen anytime soon.

New England also signed Wide Receiver Cordarelle Patterson in Free Agency, and claimed Receiver Chad Hansen off Waivers from the Jets.

HAVING HIS WAY: Aside from his late-game heroics last season, Brady has been equally steady against the Texans during his career.

According to an ESPN bombshell report, the presence of his trainer/health food guru/business partner caused a rift among players and between Brady and Coach Bill Belichick. After what Watson did in limited work last year, Hopkins can't wait to see what's next for the 22-year-old. Both teams feature high-powered offenses led by generational talents at Quarterback.

He played just three games in 2016 before being sidelined with a herniated disc.

We are not drinking the Texans' Kool-Aid yet. "I still feel like there's things to accomplish". The defense has some question marks but also boasts some fearsome pass rushers, and the offensive line is still pretty dicey for a supposed postseason contender.

Lacing them up once again this season for the Patriots under center will be Tom Brady.

Protecting Brady will be key this week, as the Texans still have a very good pass-rush. He was at the stadium nearly every day, watching film and talking to coaches and players to try and get better.

"Those guys are top at what they do and those are guys we're really going to have to get focused on and get blocked in the passing and running game because those are guys that can wreck games and wreak havoc".

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