Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 1/14/13
It’s weird. Without Rob Gronkowski and Danny Woodhead the Patriots and Tom Brady looked inconsistent passing the ball. Brady forced too many balls to Welker that bounced off his arm and Aaron Hernandez dropped a catch or two. Then I notice that Brady still threw for 344 yards and they scored 41 points. Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, Daniel Manning and J.J. Watt all had really good games. After a slow start Foster was hard to stop the last three quarters. Schaub found and completed a lot of open passes to Johnson. Daniel Manning had three big kick returns that led to three Texans scores and 17 points. Watt and the Texans’ defensive line caused a lot of pressure on Brady. But the Texans wasted some opportunities, settling for just a field goal and four straight punts despite a poor start offensively by New England, and while the Texans gained 425 yards, it seemed like the Patriots defense was better than the Texans offense. As they say, “next man up!” Losing Gronk and Woody left a void in...
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