3 reasons the Patriots could be had this time around

The Patriots, the seemingly untouchable leaders of the AFC, are starting to look a bit shaky despite their 10-1 record.

With a huge game on the horizon, it seems this is the Texans best chance to defeat the Patriots, get closer to clinching a playoff spot, and marking themselves as Super Bowl contenders.

ESPN 97.5's Fred Faour and Raheel Ramzanali explain how the Texans can capitalize on the faults of the Patriots. Quick Hits presented by Tight Ends Sports Bar & Grill.

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Jose Altuve is expected to miss significant time. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was hit by a pitch during Saturday's WBC game between Venezuela and the USA, which put a scare into Astros fans, and caused him to exit the game.

Now we're hearing Altuve with have to miss some time and won't be ready to start the season.

Bob Nightengale is reporting that the pitch broke Altuve's right thumb and he is expected to miss 8–10 weeks.

The Astros have not given an official update on the specifics of the injury.

Editor's note: The Astros have now given an update on Altuve's injury. He has a fractured thumb and will have surgery soon.

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