What a clinic Bill Belichick put on! Using his 3rd-string quarterback, he and his coaching staff crafted a stellar gameplan which was well-executed by his players. Jacoby Brisett is a raw rookie with almost no NFL experience, yet he didn't turn the ball over and even scored a rushing TD of 41 yards, longest TD run by a quarterback since Steve Grogan in '78.
Houston was coached by former Patriots staffer Bill O'Brien, but he looked gobsmacked for most of the game. Unimaginative playcalling, a shaky quarterbabk, and turnovers on special teams contributed to the rout. J.J. Watt was subpar as he's recovering from back surgery, but he's always non-existent against us.
The Patriots defense redeemed themselves after being so awful in the second half last week by being incredibly stout this week and creating turnovers, pitching a shut-out for the first time since 2012. Punter Ryan Allen was outstanding, continually pinning the Texans around their one-yard line. Offense wasn't great but did the job without turnovers.
*sigh* Now people are saying Tom isn't great because BB can win with anybody. Show me either Jimmy or Jacoby come back from being down 14 points in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl to win it all and we'll talk, folks.
Jacoby has a sprained thumb, so whether he'll be under center next Sunday against Buffalo is uncertain.
Interesting stat: the Pats are 77-0 at home at Gillette when leading at halftime!
AFC East Division:
Miami 1-2 (OT)
P.S. Looks like the Red Sox will make the playoffs! They ere RED-HOT!!! :)