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Patriots crush Houston in AFC tussle

FLEXING MUSCLE:The New England Patriots snapped the Houston Texans’ six-game winning streak and moved within a game of Houston for the overall conference lead

Reuters

“My charge — our responsibility as a coaching staff — is to maximize the opportunities for our team to win, and we can still reach all of our goals for this season,” Harbaugh said. “What’s important now is to find ways to get better, win the AFC North and advance to the playoffs.”

Baltimore, holding a two-game lead over the Steelers and Bengals, host the Denver Broncos (10-3) next week, followed by the New York Giants (8-5) before closing the regular season at Cincinnati (7-6) on Dec. 30.

Cameron, who was in his fifth season with the Ravens, has often come under criticism for the lack of consistency of the offense and for play-calling that seemed to frustrate quarterback Joe Flacco and all-purpose running back Ray Rice.

Harbaugh said making the late-season move was difficult for him to do on personal terms.

“There is a very human side to this,” he said. “Cam is my friend, he taught me a lot about coaching and he is an outstanding coach. Personally, this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do as a coach.”

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