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New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans Recap NOV 22TH 2020

Deshaun Watson passed for three touchdowns and added a receiving touchdown as the host Houston Texans defeated the New England Patriots 28-22 on Sunday.

The Texans (8-4) maintained their one-game lead in the AFC South with their first victory over the Patriots (10-2) since Week 17 of the 2009 season. New England had been 10-1 all-time against Houston, including postseason play, with five wins over the past four seasons.

Watson, who finished 18 of 25 for 234 yards, became the first quarterback to throw two scoring passes against the Patriots this season.

His 14-yard touchdown pass to Duke Johnson with 38 seconds left in the first quarter gave the Texans the lead for good and capped a brief 3-play, 21-yard possession that followed a Bradley Roby interception of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Watson added a 13-yard scoring toss to tight end Darren Fells at the 6:21 mark of the second quarter that extended the lead to 14-3.

His 35-yard strike to Kenny Stills with 5:41 left in the third pushed that advantage to 18 points and proved to be the decisive play because it just beat the play clock and came just after a dropped touchdown pass by Will Fuller on the preceding snap.

The Texans' relative success against the Patriots' top-ranked defense proved surprising. That Brady and the New England offense continued to scuffle was no shock.

While Houston surged to a 14-3 halftime lead, Brady completed just 7 of 19 attempts for 82 yards plus the interception in the first half. New England opened the third quarter with two fruitless possessions, with Roby registering a third-down sack of Brady to snuff the initial drive. Brady threw incomplete on fourth down at the Houston 42-yard line to complete the second possession of the second half.

Even the Patriots' first touchdown drive proved laborious, requiring 12 plays and 5:30 off the third-quarter clock.

James White caught the first of his two touchdown passes, this one covering 12 yards, to pull the Patriots to within 21-9, but the Texans answered with haste, covering 75 yards over nine plays, capped when Watson caught a 6-yard pitch from DeAndre Hopkins following a double handoff with 9:53 left.

Brady passed for two touchdowns inside the final four minutes, giving the Texans a scare before the subsequent onside kickoff attempt went out of bounds with 50 seconds remaining.

Brady completed 42 of 47 passes for 326 yards. White paired 79 rushing yards with his 98 receiving yards and two scores.

--Field Level Media

New England quarterback Cam Newton will typically draw the spotlight, whether for praise or criticism, and the Patriots' recent rebound on offense naturally brings the focus on Newton.

 

On the heels of a four-game losing skid that raised alarms throughout the league, Newton has found a bit of a groove and relatedly, the Patriots appear to be trending in the right direction as they enter Sunday's game against the host Houston Texans.

 

Newton is 40-of-52 passing for 392 yards and four combined touchdowns in victories over the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens, producing a 106.7 passer rating central to the Patriots' improved play.

 

A commitment to running the ball -- the Patriots are averaging 173.3 rushing yards over their last three games -- seems to have bolstered the revival, with New England (4-5) cleaved to the ground game Sunday against the Texans (2-7).

 

"We've certainly tried to adapt our style and what we do from week to week to fit our players the best that we can against the opponent that we're playing, and all credit goes to the players," Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. "They've done some good things.

 

"We have a long way to go. We've got a lot of improvements we can still make but they've really tried to embrace what we've tried to do the last so many weeks. They've really worked hard in practice to improve and collectively we're making some strides."

 

The Texans continue to search for answers offensively, particularly in the running game. With starting running back David Johnson set to miss a second consecutive game with a concussion, Houston has leaned more on quarterback Deshaun Watson to augment the ground attack.

 

Watson has amassed 124 rushing yards over the last three games after totaling 109 over the initial six. Watson isn't explicitly running more by design, but the production is surely welcomed.

 

"A lot of those is just kind of reaction and just kind of making plays happen," Watson said. "It helps the offense to be able to expand what we do, especially open up the run game a little bit. Most of those plays has just been naturally, just kind of pocket collapsing and me just making a play."

 

Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil (illness) headlined a host of Texans who missed practice on Wednesday. Running back Duke Johnson (illness), wideout Kenny Stills (back), safety Michael Thomas (shoulder) and punter Bryan Anger (quad) also missed.

 

For the Patriots, veteran receiver Julian Edelman (knee surgery) and rookie offensive lineman Justin Herron (ankle) are both on the brink of returning to action after having missed the past three games each.

 

Edelman (21 catches, 315 yards) and Herron, who started against the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos, haven't been cleared, but their progress will be closely monitored.

 

"Neither player has had a setback," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday. "They've both progressed in a positive direction. It's just really a question of whether they're ready or not, and is that today, is it (Thursday), is it next week.

 

"I'm not sure what the time frame is on that, but I think they're all moving in the right direction and the decisions really on this, before we start the clock, we just want to make sure that they're confident and we're confident that they're ready for participation in the next stage of their return to play."

 

--Field Level Media

 

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New England Patriots

Houston Texans

Player Position Lineup
David Andrews primary: Center Starter
Ja'Whaun Bentley primary: Linebacker Starter
Byron Cowart primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Stephon Gilmore primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Lawrence Guy primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Damien Harris primary: Runningback Starter
Ryan Izzo primary: Tight End Starter
J.C. Jackson primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Jakob Johnson primary: Fullback Starter
Shaq Mason primary: Right Guard Starter
Devin McCourty primary: Safety Starter
Jakobi Meyers primary: Wide Receiver Starter
John Simon primary: Right End Starter
Joe Thuney primary: Left Guard Starter
Chase Winovich primary: Linebacker Starter
Deatrich Wise Jr. primary: Left End Starter
Isaiah Wynn primary: Left Tackle Starter
Adrian Phillips primary: Safety Starter
Damiere Byrd primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Kyle Dugger primary: Linebacker Starter
Mike Onwenu primary: Right Tackle Starter
Cam Newton primary: Quarterback Starter
Jake Bailey primary: Punter Substitution
Justin Bethel primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Terrence Brooks primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Rex Burkhead primary: Runningback Substitution
Joe Cardona primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Korey Cunningham primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Jermaine Eluemunor primary: Guard Substitution
N'Keal Harry primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jonathan Jones primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Jason McCourty primary: Cornerback Substitution
Gunner Olszewski primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Matthew Slater primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
James White primary: Runningback Substitution
Joejuan Williams primary: Cornerback Substitution
Tashawn Bower primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Terez Hall primary: Linebacker Substitution
Cody Davis primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Josh Uche primary: Linebacker Substitution
Anfernee Jennings primary: Linebacker Substitution
Nick Folk primary: Kicker Substitution
Carl Davis Jr. primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Isaiah Mack primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Donte Moncrief primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jordan Thomas primary: Tight End Substitution
Adam Butler primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Sony Michel primary: Runningback Not active
Jarrett Stidham primary: Quarterback Did not play
Brian Hoyer primary: Quarterback Not active
Myles Bryant primary: Defensive Back Not active
J.J. Taylor primary: Runningback Not active
James Ferentz primary: Offensive Linesman Did not play
Isaiah Ford primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Player Position Lineup
Tyrell Adams primary: Linebacker Starter
Zach Cunningham primary: Linebacker Starter
Darren Fells primary: Tight End Starter
Will Fuller V primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Zach Fulton primary: Right Guard Starter
Tytus Howard primary: Right Tackle Starter
Duke Johnson primary: Runningback Starter
Roderick Johnson primary: Left Tackle Starter
Nick Martin primary: Center Starter
Whitney Mercilus primary: Linebacker Starter
Justin Reid primary: Safety Starter
Bradley Roby primary: Cornerback Starter
Max Scharping primary: Left Guard Starter
Carlos Watkins primary: Defensive End Starter
Deshaun Watson primary: Quarterback Starter
J.J. Watt primary: Defensive End Starter
Brandon Dunn primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Eric Murray primary: Safety Starter
Vernon Hargreaves III primary: Cornerback Starter
Brandin Cooks primary: Wide Receiver Starter
P.J. Hall primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Pharaoh Brown primary: Tight End Starter
Jordan Akins primary: Tight End Substitution
Bryan Anger primary: Punter Substitution
Cornell Armstrong primary: Cornerback Substitution
Keke Coutee primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Keion Crossen primary: Cornerback Substitution
Ka'imi Fairbairn primary: Kicker Substitution
Phillip Gaines primary: Cornerback Substitution
Buddy Howell primary: Runningback Substitution
Lonnie Johnson Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Peter Kalambayi primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Greg Mancz primary: Offensive Guard Substitution
Jacob Martin primary: Defensive End Substitution
A.J. Moore Jr. primary: Safety Substitution
Charles Omenihu primary: Defensive End Substitution
Kenny Stills primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jon Weeks primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Nate Hall primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brent Qvale primary: Guard Substitution
Randall Cobb primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ross Blacklock primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Jonathan Greenard primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Charlie Heck primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
John Reid primary: Cornerback Substitution
Scottie Phillips primary: Runningback Substitution
C.J. Prosise primary: Runningback Substitution
Cullen Gillaspia primary: Fullback Not active
Senio Kelemete primary: Guard Not active
AJ McCarron primary: Quarterback Did not play
Laremy Tunsil primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Isaiah Coulter primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Josh McCown primary: Quarterback Not active
Nate Orchard primary: Linebacker Not active

New England Patriots

Houston Texans

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
    • Pass Receiver: Randall Cobb
    • Passer: Deshaun Watson
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 9 Yards
    • Rusher: Damien Harris
    • Conv Kicker: Nick Folk
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 6 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Keke Coutee
    • Passer: Deshaun Watson
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 4 Yards
    • Rusher: Deshaun Watson
    • Conv Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 45 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Nick Folk
  • Period 3
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 36 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 42 Yards
    • Passer: Cam Newton
    • Pass Receiver: Damiere Byrd
    • Conv Kicker: Nick Folk
  • Period 4
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 46 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 36 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Nick Folk
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • N.Y. Jets W 14 - 28
  • Buffalo L 38 - 9
  • @Miami L 12 - 22
  • @L.A. Rams L 3 - 24
  • @L.A. Chargers W 45 - 0
  • Arizona W 17 - 20
  • @Houston L 20 - 27
  • Baltimore W 17 - 23
  • @N.Y. Jets W 30 - 27
  • @Buffalo L 21 - 24
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Tennessee L 41 - 38
  • Cincinnati L 37 - 31
  • @Indianapolis L 20 - 27
  • @Chicago L 7 - 36
  • Indianapolis L 26 - 20
  • @Detroit W 41 - 25
  • New England W 20 - 27
  • @Cleveland L 7 - 10
  • @Jacksonville W 27 - 25
  • Green Bay L 35 - 20

Last Meetings

  • Patriots @ Texans 20-27
  • Patriots @ Texans 22-28
  • Texans @ Patriots 20-27
  • Texans @ Patriots 33-36
  • Patriots @ Texans 23-27
  • Texans @ Patriots 16-34
  • Texans @ Patriots 0-27
  • Patriots @ Texans 27-6
  • Patriots @ Texans 34-31
  • Texans @ Patriots 28-41

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

New England Patriots

  • Jack Cichy

    Arm
    I-R | I-R

    Cichy has been assigned to the injured reserve list due surgery to repair a broken arm.