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.