The NFL's latest edition of Sunday Night Football has the makings of an instant classic this week as the New England Patriots take on the Houston Texans. Other than getting crushed by the Ravens in Week 11, Houston has looked impressive this year, winning three out of four games on th trot. The defending champs look as indomitable as ever, sitting at 10-1 with the only loss coming at the hands of the soaring Ravens. However, the script may be flipped on Sunday night. With that in mind, let's issue three prognostications about the contest in primetime.
3. DeAndre Hopkins Makes a Statement
DeAndre Hopkins is known as one of the finest skill players in the league, but Bill Belichick seems to think he's even more than that. The uncoverable Hopkins will prove that he's the No. 1 wideout in the country against fellow South Carolina native Stephon Gilmore, who is hailed as the best cover-corner the game has to offer.
2. Tom Brady Silences the New Doubters
Although Tom Brady's ability to win games against any opposition has never been in doubt, his status as an elite quarterback in the downfield passing game have come under fire recently, and for good reason, as his satitstical production isn't overwhelming in 2019. However, this is the perfect chance for TB12 to prove that age hasn't slowed him down a bit, and he will do so by throwing multiple touchdowns against a Houston defense that has been susceptible to strong quarterback play this year.
1. The Texans Get the W
Brady will have a big game, but the star of the show will be Deshaun Watson. The star Texans QB will reassert himself in the MVP race with a signature win over the Patriots in primetime in a game that will be much more high-scoring than New England is used to.