On Sunday September 9th, 2018 at 12:00 pm our Texans will travel to New England to take on the Patriots at Gillette Stadium for the first game of the 2018 season. The game will be aired on TV on CBS 11 and on the radio on Sports Talk 610 am. We finally get to kick off the season with a real game. This should be an exciting one. For your Houston Texans: On offense, this is the projected starting line up. WR DeAndre Hopkins LT Julie'n Davenport LG Senio Kelemete C Nick Martin RG Zach Fulton RT Seantrel Henderson TE Ryan Griffin WR2 Will Fuller V QB Deshaun Watson RB Lamar Miller RB Alfred Blue On defense, this is the projected starting line up. RDE Christian Covington NT D.J. Reader LDE J.J. Watt SAM Whitney Mercilus MIKE Benardrick McKinney WILL Zach Cunningham JACK Jadeveon Clowney LCB Johnathan Joseph RCB Kevin Johnson FS Tyrann Mathieu SS Kareem Jackson This incredible line up will be going against this projected starting line up for the New England Patriots: On offense, this is their projected starting line up. WR Chris Hogan LT Trent Brown LG Joe Thuney C David Andrews RG Shaq Mason RT Marcus Cannon TE Rob Gronkowski WRPhillip Dorsett QB Tom Brady RB Rex Burkhead RB James White On defense, This is their projected starting line up. LDE Trey Flowers DT Lawrence Guy DT Malcom Brown RDE Adrian Clayborn LB Dont'a Hightower LB Elandon Roberts LB Kyle Van Noy RCB Stephon Gilmore LCB Eric Rowe S Patrick Chung S Devin McCourty There are 4 areas that the Patriots have a possible advantage. 1) Quarterback. Tom Brady is the Greatest Of All Time. 2) Tight End. Gronkowski is almost unstoppable. 3) Offensive line. This could be debated since both are untested at this time, but the Texans line has to prove itself and protect Watson as well as open up some running lanes for the backs. 4) Running back. Burkhead can prove to be a powerful hand full. The Texans have more then enough to offset the disadvantages. The wide receiver position should be a huge advantage to the Texans. With Edelman out for the Patriots, this leaves only one proven receiving threat for the Patriots in Gronk. Our Texans have Hopkins, Fuller, Griffin and L. Miller out of the backfield. The advantage goes to the Texans here. On defense, the Patriots just don't have anyone that stacks up with Watt, Clowney, Mercilus, McKinney or Mathieu. The advantage has got to go to the Texans on defense. I believe that the Texans defense is more complete and will give the Patriots offense a tremendous problem. Brady just might be running for his life most of the game. We'll see him get frustrated and when he does, mistakes. I don't think the Patriots defense will be able to handle the weapons that Deshaun has at his disposal, or the legs he himself has. Last year, Deshaun faced a stronger Patriots team then they are fielding in this first game, and almost beat them. Without Edelman, Tom will only have one of his real go to guys in Gronk. I fully expect Romeo to throw some looks and coverages at Gronk that will take him away. That will leave Burkhead and I just don't think he can run away with the game. Deshaun won't be denied in this one. Houston is going to go into Gillette Stadium and shock the ever so powerful Patriots in a big way. Houston 34 Patriots 17 GO TEXANS!!!