The Houston Texans defeated the New England Patriots 28-22 down in Houston at NRG Stadium last night, which left the Patriots with a 10-2 record while the Texans improved to 8-4 on the season. The final score may seem close, but that doesn’t tell even close to the whole story as the Patriots were down a full 3 possessions at the start of the fourth quarter. Anybody who watched this game knows where the issues started. The offense could just not get going until it was already too late. Throughout the whole first half and a good majority of the second half, something looked very off with Brady and his receivers. Brady finished the night completing 24 out of 47 passes which amounts to a dismal 51% completion percentage. Brady threw two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but also threw a horrendous interception inside the Patriots redzone in the first quarter, practically handing the Texans points on a platter. Throughout the night, Brady had several errant throws, with many passes going several yards out of bounds away from his receivers while Brady and his receivers just looked at each other with the same confused looks on their faces each time it seemed like. This was also versus a seemingly average Texans defense missing their best player in JJ Watt and not much else special outside of that. This means that the Patriots offense is going to have to step up big time over the next few weeks with a showdown against an excellent Bills defense that gave the Patriots all sorts of trouble earlier in the season looming in a few weeks.
The Patriots defense in this game wasn’t completely terrible, but eventually they just couldn’t hold on any longer in the second half due to the offense not being able to get going. The Patriots held the Texans to only 14 points in the first half, but in the second half, it seemed they were starting to tire out after being out on the field so much due to the struggles of the offense. In the second half, Texans QB Deshaun Watson was able to tack on two more touchdowns, one passing and one receiving on a trick play, after tossing two scores in the first half. Watson was excellent overall in this game, throwing for 234 yards and was directly involved in all four of the Texans touchdowns all while never turning the ball over against a Patriots defense that currently leads the league in turnovers. The Patriots need to keep this game in mind as the Texans could absolutely be a possible foe for the Patriots come playoff time and the Texans have obviously proven that they are a team that is capable of hanging there with the big boys. The Patriots look to rebound next week as they welcome Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs to Foxborough.