MONDAY NIGHT MATCHUP

Houston Texans (11-1) at New England Patriots (9-3)

Where: Gillette Stadium

When: 5:30 p.m. TV: ESPN

What to watch: Stevan Ridley, below, has emerged as a top running back in his second season and is third in the AFC with 1,010 yards rushing. The revived New England ground game has brought balance to an offense that relied more heavily on quarterback Tom Brady in recent years.

Speaking: "That's what's important this time of the year: to not make the same mistakes we were making in September and to play our best football. This will be a great week to see if we can accomplish that." -- Brady




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