2013 NFL Playoffs odds and lines: Texans vs. Patriots

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The Patriots opened as 9.5-point favorites over the Texans for their divisional playoff game on Sunday.

The New England Patriots will host the Houston Texans in the 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs on Sunday. Despite holding identical 12-4 regular season records, the Patriots opened as 9.5-point favorites at home according to OddsShark. The total for the game opened at 48 points.

New England smoked Houston 42-14 in the first meeting between the two teams this season back on Dec. 10. The loss was part of a late season slide for the Texans that saw them lose three of their last four games. Houston squeaked into the divisional round with a 19-13 home victory over the Cincinnati Bengals this past Saturday.

The Patriots have been one of the most dominant teams in the NFL this season, holding a point differential of 14.1. Despite this, New England is surprisingly average against the spread at home this season, sporting just a 4-4 record. Houston is 4-4 against the spread on the road.

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