Texans vs. Patriots on Dec. 13 flexed to Sunday night


HOUSTON -- The red-hot Houston Texans have caught the eye of the "Sunday Night Football" schedulers.

Houston's home game against the New England Patriots on Dec. 13 will be moved to 8:30 p.m. ET and air on NBC. The game was originally scheduled to be a 1 p.m. ET kickoff.

That week's Sunday night game was supposed to be Seattle at Baltimore, but the Ravens are 3-7 and the Seahawks are in NFC contention, but are a disappointing 6-5. That game will now be played in the afternoon.

Although the Texans are also 6-5, they are on a four-game winning streak and are in contention to win their division. Houston is currently tied with the Indianapolis Colts, who are on a three-game winning streak.

There will also be several interesting storylines in the Patriots-Texans game. It will pit Texans coach Bill O'Brien against the first NFL head coach to hire him, Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Offensive coordinator George Godsey and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel also coached in New England. Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel and nose tackle Vince Wilfork each spent most of their careers playing for the Patriots.

And we can't forget the quarterback connection. Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer entered the league in 2009 as Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's backup.