[caption id="attachment_22726" align="aligncenter" width="480"] CSNNE.com[/caption] The Houston Texans travel into Foxborough to prove all the doubters wrong while the New England Patriots look towards cementing their legacy as one of the most successful franchises in NFL history. When & Where: Monday Janurary 14th at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA. Coverage: LIVE 8:30am AEDST on ESPN/ESPN HD (Foxtel) and on ONE (Free-to-air).(See TV Guide for details). After an unimpressive win over the Cincinnati Bengals the Houston Texans (12-4) will look to reclaim their reputation as an elite team with a win over the always competitive New England Patriots (12-4) coming off their playoff bye. The last time these two teams played the Patriots easily blew out the hapless Texans in Week 14 14-42, expect Houston to be highly motivated and a much more competitive affair this time around. After enjoying a hot start to the season the Texans' offence has struggled in recent weeks, only scoring over 20 points once in their last five games. The struggles begin with Texans QB Matt Schaub, who has thrown one touchdown to four interceptions in that period. Schaub's lack of production is strange given the performances of his star offensives weapons. Veteran wideout Andre Johnson has averaged 109 yards per game during the same period and runningback Arian Foster -- who has had another great year with 1,424 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns -- ran for over 140 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals. Despite the production of these two stars the Texans offence clearly lacks other weapons for Schaub to target, perhaps aside from tight end Owen Daniels. That said, it's clear if the Texans want to keep up with the Patriots they'll need their quaterback to play at a much higher level. Houston's key strength this season was their defence, punctuated by the relentless MVP candidate J.J. Watt and a great secondary thanks to Jonathan Joseph and Daniel Manning. While the Texans will bring pressure on Brady, the real question will be how the Texans cover the Patriots' receivers. Welker, Lloyd, Gronkowski and Hernandez are all legitimate receiving threats -- not to mention Danny Woodhead catching passes out of the backfield -- and it will be tough for the Texans D to shut down all of them. The New England Patriots have been a powerhouse offensively this year, having scored less than 20 points only once this year (Week 2) and 30 or more in ten other games. Quaterback Tom Brady has been as sharp as ever and his no-huddle offence complimented by his wealth of weapons has given defensive units fits. With the return of big endzone target tight end Rob Gronkowski in Week 16 and a sudden jump in production from wideout Brandon Lloyd, the sky seems to be the limit for the Patriots passing attack. Perhaps most significant is the fact the Patriots will be as healthy as they have been all season. The tight end tandem of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski has only featured in four games this season due to an early injury to Hernandez and another late season one suffered by Gronkowski. The Patriots have also found some balance when required on offence. Running back Stevan Ridley has proven to be a reliable player for the Patriots when they want to control the ball or exploit a defence keying in on the pass. While the Patriots' defences certainly has its weaknesses -- ranked 25th in the NFL in yards allowed -- they do know how to stop the run. New England's run defence allows on average only 101.9 yards rushing per game, ranked 9th in the NFL. Belichick knows the Texans' offence begins with the rushing attack so expect him to stack the box and let big defensive linesman Vince Wilfork and linebackers Jerod Mayo and Brandon Spikes do their jobs. Watch out for: Brady dealing with the Texans pass rush. The Patriots' no-huddle offence will keep the Texans' defence on their toes and while J.J. Watt will undoubtedly keep Brady uncomfortable, the three-time Super Bowl winning QB will have plenty of options to get the ball out quickly and exploit the coverage. Final word and predicition: The Patriots win because they can out-score any offence in the NFL. With their defence being suited against the run -- the Texans' greatest strenght -- the Patriots will look to contain Arian Foster and force their opponents to rely on the arm of a lackluster Matt Schaub. The Patriots will win 34-17.