The four-time Pro Bowler was Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and never missed a game until 2016, when he started struggling with a back injury that ended his season.
This is a matchup of high profile offenses, and is highly anticipated by National Football League fans across the nation.
The Houston Texans regularly put on a segment called "Kid Reporter", which features two young kids asking elite National Football League talent on Houston's roster the questions that matter most.
The Patriots are 6.5 point favorites at home here, and the Over/Under total is listed at 51.
That's mostly because of the Texans, whose 4-12 record in 2017 is probably a lot worse than you remember because of how much MVP love quarterback Deshaun Watson received before going down with a torn ACL. However, he did admit that playing five more seasons won't be easy. Given his performance last season, who's to argue? The interception I threw early on in the game. Flores would be able to drop more players into coverage in passing situations because a three-to-four man rush would be plenty when Watt is one of the players rushing the quarterback. "I'm excited for this season".
Historically, the Patriots have had success against the Texans but the advantage Houston has this year is the element of surprise, which could potentially be a problem.
The Patriots started slow in 2017, getting dominated by the Kansas City Chiefs 42-27.
Running back Sony Michel (knee), offensive tackle Marcus Cannon (calf), tight end Jacob Hollister (hamstring) and safety Nate Ebner (knee) were the only players found on New England's injury report released Friday.
There was a little bit of everything at Tom Brady's weekly press conference.
Brady acknowledged that the transition to New England can be especially hard for wide receivers.
Brady also talked about how some parts of the game weren't enjoyable over the past few years. Houston coach Bill O'Brien was New England assistant from 2007-11. Patricia's defenses had a knack for forcing turnovers in key moments and for embracing a bend don't break mentality, and it will be interesting to see the transition. Both teams feature high-powered offenses led by generational talents at Quarterback. They're just kind of out there on every play, whether it's their period or somebody else's period.
We are not drinking the Texans' Kool-Aid yet. The Boston Globe expects the Patriots to kick things up a notch on special teams this season.
The Patriots also feature new faces in the backfield with first-round pick Sony Michel and former Cincinnati Bengal Jeremy Hill joining Rex Burkhead and James White.
"I have confidence in them, certainly", he said.
It's an interesting dilemma from a coach who normally is the one who does a good job of coming up with ways to confuse opponents. Yes, the wide receivers aren't the greatest, however, the Patriots have big Rob Gronkowski.