Houston (2-0) at New England (2-0), 8:25 p.m. on CBS, NFL Network and Twitter. Week 3 begins on Thursday night with a pair of unbeatens in Foxboro with the New England Patriots hosting the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots and Texans both enter Thursday’s matchup with 2-0 records and both teams took wins at home last week. The Patriots have won 27 of their past 29 games at home (including the postseason) and five of their past six regular-season contests against Houston. The Texans are aiming for their first 3-0 start since 2012. Houston head coach Bill O’Brien was an assistant under Patriots head coach Bill Belichick with New England from 2007-11.

Tom Brady (suspension) has one more game to sit out before his return when the Pats host Cleveland. Meanwhile, Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) may not take the field Thursday night, so there is a chance that rookie signal caller Jacoby Brissett could make his first start Thursday evening.

Houston ended Kansas City’s 11-game win streak at NRG Stadium, coming away 19-12 winners over the Chiefs. Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins and QB Brock Osweiler connected for the game’s only TD, a 27-yard pass to open the scoring in the contest. It would be the field goal kickers after that, as Houston’s Nick Novak and Kansas City’s Cairo Santos each kicked four field goals in the contest. The Chiefs did manage to outrush Houston 119-97, Osweiler did out pass Alex Smith 268-186, while the Texans defense sacked Smith four times. Kansas City, who saw their regular season win streak come to an end deep in the heart of Texas, turned the ball over three times in the loss and went 3 of 14 on third down tries and kept the ball for 26:01, while the Texans got a little measure of revenge for their playoff loss to Kansas City, going 4 of 15 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 33:59.

New England, 31-24 winners last Sunday, led 24-3 at the half before Garoppolo got hurt in the contest. That was all the momentum Miami needed in the contest, as they would rally to make things a lot closer than Pats fans wanted as the Fins would outscore New England in the second half 21-7. New England’s LeGarrette Blount led all rushers with 123 of the Patriots’ 161, outrushing Miami, who wound up with 70 and Garoppolo would throw for 234 yards and three TDs without an interception before the injury. Both teams were 50 percent on third down conversions in Foxboro (Miami was 5 of 10, New England 7 of 13 and the Pats were 0 of 1 on fouth down tries) and the Pats ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:46 to Miami’s 23:14.

New England leads the series 5-1, have outscored Houston 193-112 and have come away winners in the last three regular season meetings, including a 27-6 victory in the Lone Star State last year (Houston’s lone win in the series came in 2009 in Houston by a final of 34-27).

In the week 14 matchup at NRG Stadium, New England led 17-6 at the half and went on to shutout the Texans in the final 30 minutes of play (The Texans could only muster a pair of Nick Novak field goals in the first half). Houston found themselves outrushed 116-87 and Blaine Hoyer (155 yards) was sacked five times, while Brady threw for 226 yards and a pair of TDs, including one to Gronkowski. New England was 7 of 16 on third down tries in the Sunday night contest and kept the ball for 35:14, while the Texans on third and fourth downs went 3 of 14 and 0 of 2, holding the ball for 24:46.

The oddsmakers in Vegas are liking the Texans as a 1-point favorite in Foxboro. Something’s got to give here in the week three opener and at the end of the day, someone’s going to lose. Houston, you’ve got a problem. Pats remain unbeaten on Thursday night and cover the 1.

REFEREE – Walt Coleman

BROADCAST INFORMATION – 8:25 p.m. on CBS/NFLN/Twitter: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli.

Injury Report

Houston
OUT: T Duane Brown (Knee), LB Brian Cushing (Knee), WR Braxton Miller (Hamstring)

New England
QUESTIONABLE: CB Nelson Rowe (Ankle), LB Qualin Hightower (Knee), TE Rob Gronkowski (Hamstring), LB Jonathan Freeny (Shoulder), DE Trey Flowers (Shoulder), G Jonathan Cooper (Foot)
DOUBTFUL: QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Shoulder)

Weather: Clear and 68 degrees.

Broadcast, officials and injury information courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather courtesy The Weather Channel.

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