Houston’s Patriot Problem

Houston’s Patriot Problem

Houston, You Have A Problem This Week; The Patriots Are Pissed

Mac Jones nearly ruined TB12’s homecoming last week until Folk doinked it off the post. He shines above the other rookie quarterbacks, despite being 1-3. His teammates speak highly of him, referencing that they do not see him as a rookie. 

The Patriots head to the Lone Star State to face off against the Texans. Like New England, Houston will start a rookie at QB. Davis Mills, Texans’ third-round pick, replaces the injured Tyrod Taylor for yet another week. He has shown spurts of potential. Not this week. 

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There is no doubt that the Patriots will win on Sunday in my mind, body, and soul. They finally put it together for their best game so far. It’s time to get back in the win column. 

The Patriots Feast On Rookie QBs 

The Patriots rattled Brady’s cage a week ago. They held the Super Bowl champions to 19 points; it has been a whole year since they scored under 20 against an opponent. The defense constantly pressured Brady, sacking him once. The Bucs receivers dropped a lot of crucial passes, including a potential game-winning touchdown to Antonio Brown.

This week, the defense has a chance to catch their breath as they only need to focus on Brandin Cooks as a threat. He leads the team in targets, receiving yards, and touchdowns. Shutting down Cooks will force Mills to make a lot of rookie mistakes.

Mills has improved since his forgetful first game against the Bills. He has improved since then, throwing a touchdown in the last two games. He faces a different beast in Belichick’s henchmen. His defenses ruin rookies’ days by knocking them downplay after play. According to PFF, rookie quarterbacks have had a combined passer rating of 64.5 against them since 2010. 

The Offense Needs A Confidence Booster

New England’s offense began to click on Sunday. Jones felt comfortable in the pocket, throwing a record 19 consecutive completions. He played his best game of the season against the best defense in the NFL. Can you imagine what he is going to do to the Texans’ defense?

Jones is not the only player who needs some extra confidence this week. Damien Harris and the backfield have not recovered from Week One’s fumbles. The Texans have struggled to stop the run, allowing the sixth-most rushing yards (548) and tied with the Chiefs for most rushing touchdowns (eight) allowed. 

The offensive line has seen better days, with almost every starter being questionable or ruled out already. The Texans’ defense has exceeded expectations as they rank inside the top-ten turnover% (ninth) and sack% (eighth). It is going to be a cast of characters protecting the golden child. 

The Texans have impressed me so far, as they are not the worst team in the NFL. The Patriots have yet to play a full sixty minutes this season. Both sides of the ball need to bring their best to Reliant Stadium. Patriots Nation does not accept losing, nor does Belichick. 

Brady woke the bear. 

See everyone on Sunday.

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Pat Pitts

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