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News Blitz 1/12: Osweiler, Texans hoping for upset

The Patriots and Texans continue their work in preparation of Saturday's divisional round matchup in Foxborough and ESPN.com thinks Houston needs to come up with a perfect game plan to pull off an upset for the ages. The Boston Globe says his victory over New England last year as a member of the Denver Broncos gives Brock Osweiler confidence.

Few people in the New England locker room can describe him but ESPNBoston.com says the players love Martellus Bennett. LeGarrette Blount missed practice on Wednesday due to an illness. Newcomer Michael Floyd appreciates the slower pace around Foxborough.

Jadeveon Clowney will present a major challenge for the Patriots according to the Globe. They also ran the numbers and they don't look too promising for the Texans. The Boston Herald believes the Patriots defense must eliminate the easy throws for Osweiler. Offensively, they believe the Patriots could get even better in the playoffs. The Herald's featured matchup has the Patriots defensive backs going against the Texans tight ends.

CSNNE.com says offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels may wind up in San Francisco while Matt Patricia could be on the outside looking in when it comes to coaching vacancies.

The Houston Chronicle has been searching for ways for the Patriots to be vulnerable in this matchup. New Hampshire native and Texans tight end Ryan Griffin is looking forward to playing close to home in Foxborough.

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