In one of the most lopsided spreads in recent memory, surpassing even the 2011 spread that pitted Tim Tebow against Tom Brady, the New England Patriots are 15.5 point favorites over the Houston Texans. In fact, it’s the fourth highest spread in NFL playoff history. How’s that for slapping Brock Osweiler right in the face?
Brady had just one 1,000 yard receiver in Julian Edelman, but he spreads the ball around so well that four other players besides Edelman surpassed 500 yards receiving. That efficiency and dominance at home is why this spread is so large.
Well that, and the 27-0 skunking of the Texans in Week 3 with their third string quarterback, Jacoby Brissett. This is a game that could either get out of hand quickly or one where the Texans offense suddenly does things. I’ll go with the “out of hand quickly” prediction.