After two straight games against teams from the NFC East, the New England Patriots return to play a foe from their own conference: the reigning world champions have traveled to Houston to take on the AFC South-leading Texans in a prime time matchup. The game will have major playoff implications for both teams and the AFC as a whole, so it will certainly be an intriguing affair.
With all that in mind, let’s find out how to actually follow the contest:
Game Information: Patriots (10-1) vs Texans (7-4)
Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Kickoff: 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: NRG Stadium, Houston TX
SB Nation affiliate: Battle Red Blog
The Patriots provide an in-depth breakdown on their website.
Network: NBC (national broadcast)
Broadcast team: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color commentary), Michele Tafoya (sideline)
The game will be carried locally by NBC 10 Boston.
Station: Westwood One
Broadcast team: Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Jason Taylor (color commentary)
Station: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub
Broadcast team: Bob Socci (play-by-play), Scott Zolak (color commentary)
98.5 FM is available through the following stations:
- Boston MA: WBZ 98.5 FM
- Springfield MA: WAQY 102.1 FM
- Worcester MA: WWFX 100.1 FM
- Milford MA: WMRC 101.3 FM / 1490 AM
- Portland ME: WBLM 102.9 FM
- Bangor ME: WEZQ 92.9 FM
- Hartford CT: WTIC 1080 AM
- Concord NH: WNNH 99.1 FM
- Burlington VT: WCPV 101.3 FM
- Providence RI: WPRO 630 AM
For additional stations, please check out the broadcast information on patriots.com.
Live streaming: fuboTV (click here to sign up)
International live streaming: International viewers can follow the game by using NFL Game Pass.
Line: Patriots -3
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According to SB Nation’s FanPulse survey, New England’s fan base has moved between a confidence score of 96% and 82% ever since the season began, and enters today’s game against the Texans at 91% — up nine points compared to last week’s season-low. How did the Patriots bounce back? It’s easy: the team’s defense shut down one of the NFL’s most productive offenses in Week 12, while its offense showed some encouraging signs of life.
Add it all up, and you get fans that are among the most confident in all of football again. Trailing only the Baltimore Ravens’ and the San Francisco 49ers’ fan bases, who both check in with a 100% approval rating, New England’s ranks third in the league. It might be the holiday spirit, but Patriots followers appear to feel good about the team in the middle of its toughest stretch of the season — and for good reason considering the recent developments.
The Texans’ fan base, on the other hand, ranks as just the 18th most confident in the league after 12 weeks of regular season action with an approval rating of 31%. For comparison, fans of the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans — both entering the week at 6-5 and still in contention for the AFC South’s division crown — feel better about their respective teams at this point in time: the Colts score 52% on the confidence meter (14th), the Titans 66% (11th).
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