There are no unknowns here. The Patriots and Texans are cousins through coaching and philosophy. This will be the fourth meeting between two teams in less than two years, and they conducted joint practices and played in the preseason last month.
There are no surprises in schemes. They use many of the same plays on both sides of the ball. Both sides have talent, but the big difference, as always, has been at quarterback. Bill O’Brien is still searching for his Tom Brady. He could be waiting a while, or resuming his search with another team after this season.
Here is the scouting report on the Houston Texans (1-1) gleaned through film study, my personal experience with the Texans, and discussions with three NFL scouts: