The New England Patriots ride another powerful performance without Tom Brady, shutting down the Houston Texans 27-0 in an AFC showdown. Running back LeGarrette Blount ran for two touchdowns behind a dominating defense and rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett rushed for a 27-yard touchdown.
The Patriots are now 3-0 and sit at the top of the AFC East, while the Texans received their first loss of the season and still have not beat the Patriots since 2009.
The domination for the Patriots started from the beginning of the game with a field goal and a touchdown in the first quarter. A 24-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski and the 27-yard touchdown by former Gator quarterback Brissett put the Pats in front 10-0 early on. Brissett says the touchdown worked out as planned and was possible because of help from his teammates.
Much like the first quarter, the third had a field goal and a touchdown by the Pats. Gostkowski kicked a 25-yard field goal and Blount rushed for a 1-yard touchdown. At the end of the third the score was 20-0 leaving the Texans with only the fourth quarter to try and make a turn around.
Despite having a good cushion going into the fourth, the Patriots continued to make plays. The last touchdown of the evening came from Blount, rushing for a 41-yard touchdown five minutes into the quarter. Unable to stop the Patriots, the Texans are sent back to Houston with a being shutout. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien says this was bad game offensively and there need to be improvements going into the next match-up.
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Next, the Texans will welcome the Tennessee Titans and the Patriots will host the Buffalo Bills for Week 4. Both games are set for October 2.