At most Las Vegas sports books, New England has moved from a 1-point underdog to a 1-point favorite. The total is 40, with the expectation the defenses will control the game.
It’s not wise to underestimate the Tom Brady-less Patriots, as seen the first two weeks.
There are plenty of Bill Belichick connections — including coach Bill O’Brien — on the Houston side. But the Texans offense still appears to be a work in progress as Brock Osweiler and other new weapons are taking their time getting in rhythm in the O’Brien scheme.
Houston has relied on defense for its 2-0 start, but that recipe might not be enough against Belichick.
The Gold Sheet pick: Patriots, 20-17
Las Vegas handicapper Bruce Marshall is editor of The Gold Sheet (Goldsheet.com).