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Sunday NFL Online Odds: Texans vs Patriots Divisional Round

AFC playoff action takes us to Foxborough, Massachusetts on Sunday, January 13, 2013 where the New England Patriots will host the Houston Texans in a divisional round game at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 4:30 PM ET. These two teams met on December 10, with the Patriots dismantling the Texans by a score of 42-14. We could see much of the same on Sunday, as the Patriots have had time to get healthy over the past week, so we will back New England at home.

New England Patriots: High-powered offense on display

New England was able to survive a large portion of its season without the services of talented tight end Rob Gronkowski due to injury, finishing the regular season with a 12-4 record and averaging 34.8 points scored per game on offense. The Patriots played to a 6-2 record at home and were one of the most effective offenses in the league this season. Tom Brady is looking for his 17th career playoff win on Sunday.

Houston Texans: Looking to reach first AFC title game

With a win on Sunday,  Houston would secure its first-ever two-game playoff win streak and reach its first-ever AFC Championship game. In their first round win last weekend over Cincinnati, the Texans held the Bengals to just 198 yards of offense. Matt Schaub made his playoff debut and threw one interception, which was returned for a touchdown early in the game. Houston is the heavy underdog in this one.

Two of the conference’s powerhouses meet Sunday afternoon with a trip to the AFC title game on the line. Houston lost in the same round last year while the Patriots have the experience on their side this weekend. The online sportsbook found at Bet365.com has the Patriots as -9.5 (-105) home chalk to beat the Texans. We will bet 15 percent of our bankroll on New England and the spread on Sunday.

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