The New England Patriots will host the Houston Texans on Thursday night, with the Texans favored to win by 1.5 points. This marks only the fifth game since the start of the 2002 season that the Pats are home underdogs.
Of course, they’re not really underdogs and haven’t been since winning the first Super Bowl of the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era on Feb. 3, 2002 when the St. Louis Rams were favored by 14.
Jimmy Garappolo’s injury may force the Patriots to start rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett, but they’re both just warming the football until Tom Terrific returns from his Deflategate suspension in Week 5. Colts fans and AFC East rivals probably don’t need a reminder, but they can prod that bothersome tooth by continuing on with the rest of us for the main reasons why people hate the Patriots.