FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Despite the absence of Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo, the New England Patriots have moved to 3-0 on the season.
The Patriots entered Thursday night’s game as the underdog but once again showed their resiliency with a 27-0 win at home against the Houston Texans.
Rookie QB Jacoby Brissett – making his first career start – showed poise and maturity under center while leading his team to victory.
Brissett completed 11 of 19 passes for 103 yards, but it was on the ground where he really shined – contributing 46 yards and the first touchdown of his young career.
LeGarrette Blount also helped out the Patriots’ rushing attack by adding 105 yards and two scores.
But, as the old saying goes, it’s defense that wins Week 3 regular season games.
New England’s defensive unit was stellar Thursday night, highlighted by the fact they kept Brock Osweiler and the Texans from crossing midfield until nearly the end of the third quarter.
The Patriots never allowed Houston to get into any sort of rhythm. They kept consistent pressure on the fifth-year quarterback – leading to two sacks and an interception by LB Jamie Collins.
The defense held the Texans to just 109 total rushing yards and stopped all three of their fourth-down attempts.
The Patriots’ special teams also got involved, forcing two turnovers that resulted in touchdowns.
The victory marked the 226th regular season win for head coach Bill Belichick, tying him with Green Bay Packers legend Curly Lambeau for fourth on the all-time list.