Lamar Miller

Underdog Texans face big challenge on road against Patriots

The Houston Texans face an enormous challenge against the New England Patriots on Saturday night.

The Texans are 1-7 against the Patriots. They are winless in New England all time, including a shutout loss earlier this season when Tom Brady was out because of a suspension.

The Patriots enter the game as 15 1/2-point favorites over the visiting Texans — just the sixth time since 1966 that a team has been favored by at least 15 points in a playoff game.

In the five previous occasions only one underdog — the New York Jets in Joe Namath's Super Bowl guarantee — won the game.

New England says it isn't taking anything for granted in the...