Patriots look to improve to 2-1 against Texans

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Boos rained down at Gillette Stadium before and after the national anthem ahead of today's game as a large group of Patriots players knelt during the song.

Defensively, the greatest emphasis this week for the New England Patriots has been halting the alarming number of big plays.

Not all fans weren't going to agree with the protests, and they have as much of a right to voice that as the players do to take a knee. The three teams that have allowed more - Saints, Colts, Jets - have not won a game. Trump referred to players who kneel with explicit language.

We'll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game. They all stood with arms locked.

So, here is an introduction to the 2017 Houston Texans and the keys to another New England Patriots victory.

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The Houston Texans (1-1), led by defensive end J.J. The game tips off at 1:00 PM EST in Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts. Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, Dont'a Hightower, Phillip Dorsett and Eric Rowe were all back at practice this week, and Rob Gronkowski was listed as not participating, but was present.

"He has that where he can do that at any moment and any game, and can do it multiple times", McCourty said.

Amendola, who also has a lengthy injury history, is expected, and needed, to pick up some of Julian Edelman's production in the slot this year.

Running back Rex Burkhead, who did not practice all week due to a rib injury suffered against the Saints, has been ruled out.

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