Well, that was unfortunate.
Despite an encouraging performance from the Texans’ defense (other than from a certain former first round pick at cornerback, of course), Houston’s offense struggled for most of the game and ultimately could not keep up with Tom Brady and the Patriots machine. Deshaun Watson was erratic. The offensive line couldn’t pass protect whatsoever. The offensive unit overall just seemed very out of sync until very late in the contest. Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue both had nice days on the ground, but if the Texans really wanted to challenge the Pats in Foxborough, they were going to need a strong passing game performance, and they just didn’t get it.
It remains to be seen just how much reshuffling the offensive line mid-game due to Seantrel Henderson’s ankle injury affected the offense (not to mention both Keke Coutee and Will Fuller missing this game because of their own respective injuries), but still...you would hope that a Deshaun Watson-led Texans offense would produce more than 20 points in four quarters.
Luckily for Houston, it’s only the first week of the season. They have time to regroup, adjust, and get back to playing winning football; the only question is just how long that adjustment is going to take. Hopefully that time period is less than seven days, because the Texans have a crucial divisional matchup next Sunday in Nashville.
Houston put up a 50-Burger on the Titans last season with Watson under center, so it would be nice if a repeat of that performance is in our future.