Special teams vs. special teams
Texans rookie punt-returner Keshawn Martin is fourth in the league in punt-return average at 14.3 yards. The Patriots just lost their primary punt returner, Julian Edelman. Patriots placekicker Stephen Gostkowski has struggled at times this season. If the game comes down to a big kick, Patriots fans aren't likely to be confident. Overall, however, the Patriots excel on special teams. Punter Zoltan Mesko is dominant at times, and special teams captain Matthew Slater leads the team with 17 tackles on that unit.