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Patriots open up as week 3 underdogs at home against the Texans

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The Patriots are not expected to win this Thursday.

The New England Patriots have a quick turnaround with the Houston Texans coming to town on Thursday Night and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will have to create a game plan for rookie QB Jacoby Brissett.

Seriously, if McDaniels and Brissett pull this off, then McDaniels has to be the #1 option on literally every single coaching candidate list.

But the oddsmakers aren’t the biggest believers in the Patriots this week and have the Texans opening as 2.5-point favorites.

This line will probably move in the coming days, but I think this is an extremely interesting line. Vegas sets the line where they think “equal action” on both sides. This means they believe the public will look at the line and the same amount of money will be placed on the Texans beating Brissett and the Patriots by a field goal, as the Patriots keeping it closer or even stealing the win.

The Patriots have won four of their past five games where they were road underdogs, dating back to 2001. The past three involved Peyton Manning on the other sideline. The Patriots have also covered in nine out of 12 home underdog games with head coach Bill Belichick.

Quarterback Tom Brady has covered in seven of his eight starts as home underdogs and holds a 6-2 record. Unfortunately, the Patriots will have Brissett instead of Brady.

Let’s see if the Patriots familiarity with Bill O’Brien and his coaching staff can give the New England the edge on Thursday.