Tom Brady vs. Houston's secondary
This is one area where the Patriots could have a big advantage. The Texans are banged up: All-Pro linebacker Brian Cushing is on injured reserve, along with cornerback Brian McCain. Pro Bowl cornerback Johnathan Joseph has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, although he returned to practice and is listed as probable to play. Reserve Alan Ball was out last week with a foot injury and he’s questionable this week. All of this adds up very favorably for Tom Brady (pictured), who should be looking at his receivers in space Monday night. Provided Brady has time to throw, he could carve up the Houston defense.