The New England Patriots will begin their 2023 season when they host the Houston Texans in the preseason opener. It marks just the second time that the two teams have met in a preseason game. The Patriots held joint practice sessions with Houston at their West Virginia training camp site prior to a 27-23 loss at Houston on Aug. 19, 2017.
In the regular season, Houston is one of two teams that the Patriots are undefeated against in home regular season games. The Patriots are 5-0 against the Texans at home. The Patriots are also 5-0 at home against Jacksonville.
- FB Andrew Beck (2019)
- G Shaq Mason (2015-21)
- DT Byron Cowart (2019-21)
- DE Derek Rivers (2017-20)
- CB D’Angelo Ross (2019-21)
- DE Chase Winovich (2019-21)
- GM Nick Caserio
- Def. PG Sp. Cory Undlin
- Asst. OL Cole Popovich
- OL James Ferentz
- OC Bill O’Brien
- TE Coach Will Lawing
NFL Preseason 2023: Texans vs Patriots Prediction
While Stroud has shown flashes of brilliance during his time in training camp, he might face a different challenge playing in an NFL preseason game. Mac Jones, on the other hand, hasn’t been convincing as the Patriots’ long-term starter.
Expect this game to be a low scoring one, with New England getting the win over the Texans.
PATRIOTS POINTS OF INTEREST FOR 2023
- The New England Patriots are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins in NFL history with six.
- The Patriots have played in 11 Super Bowls, the most by any team in NFL history. Dallas, Denver and Pittsburgh have played in eight.
- The New England Patriots have 37 postseason victories, the most in NFL history. Dallas, Pittsburgh, Green Bay and San Francisco are second with 36 playoff wins all-time.
- The Patriots are third in NFL history with 15 Conference Championship Game appearances, behind San Francisco (18) and the Pittsburgh (16).
- The New England Patriots have earned seven No. 1 seeds, trailing only San Francisco (9) and Denver (8) since playoff seeding began in 1975.
- The Patriots have earned a first-round playoff bye an NFL-best 14 times since 1990. Pittsburgh and San Francisco are second with nine byes since 1990. New England is the only team in NFL history with nine straight first-round byes (2010-18).
- The Patriots have played in 59 postseason games, tied with San Francisco for the fourth-most in NFL history behind Dallas (66), Pittsburgh (63) and Green Bay (61).
- The Patriots are second with 13 seasons of 12 wins since 1970, behind San Francisco’s 14 seasons with 12 victories.
- New England has won 13 games in a single season seven times in franchise history. Only San Francisco has more 13-win seasons with 10.
- The New England Patriots have won 14 or more games in a season five times, most in NFL history. San Francisco is second with four 14-win seasons.
- New England has 28 undefeated months since 2000, most in the NFL over that span. Green Bay is second with 21 undefeated months during that time.
- The Patriots have 35 winning seasons since 1970, second all-time behind Pittsburgh’s 39.
- The Patriots have 574 total victories, the fourth-most wins since their inception in 1960, behind the 586 wins by Pittsburgh and Dallas and the 575 by Green Bay.
- New England (1,025) played their 1,000th game in franchise history (regular season and playoffs combined) against Cleveland on Nov. 14, 2021, and became the first original AFL team to play in 1,000 games.
- With rookie free agents DL DaMarcus Mitchell and DB Brenden Schooler making the initial 53-man roster in 2022, the Patriots have now had a rookie free agent make the opening day roster for 19 straight seasons, tied with Denver for the longest streak in the NFL.
- The Patriots ended a 10-year streak of finishing in the top 10 for fewest points allowed (2012-2021) after finishing 11th in 2022 with 20.4 points allowed. The Patriots and Tampa Bay (1996-2005) are the last two teams to reach 10 straight seasons in the top 10 for fewest points allowed.
TELEVISION: This week’s game will be broadcast by the Patriots Preseason Television Network and can be seen in every New England state, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. The preseason network’s flagship station is WBZ-TV CBS in Boston. Bob Socci provides the play-by-play and is joined by former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak in the broadcast booth and studio analysis by senior editor Paul Perillo. WBZ’s Steve Burton will provide sideline analysis. Devin and Jason McCourty will be featured in “The McCourty TwinCast” to complement the broadcast. The TwinCast will stream on Patriots.com and WBZ.com for this week’s game.
PATRIOTS PRESEASON TELEVISION NETWORK
- Boston, Mass. WBZ-TV Ch. 4
- Springfield, Mass. WWLP-TV Ch. 22
- Hartford, Conn. WCTX/WTNH-TV Ch. 8
- Portland, Maine WMTW-TV Ch. 8
- Bangor, Maine WVII-TV Ch. 7
Manchester, N.H. WMUR-TV Ch. 9
- Providence, R.I. WPRI-TV Ch. 12
- Burlington, Vt. WCAX-TV Ch. 3
- Anchorage, Alaska KYUR-TV Ch. 13
- Fairbanks, Alaska KATN-TV Ch. 2
- Juneau, Alaska KJUD-TV Ch. 8
- Honolulu, Hawaii KFVE-TV Ch. 5
LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. A complete listing of the network’s 33 stations can be found here. The television broadcast will simulcast the game on the radio during the preseason.