Texans at Patriots NFL Week Three Capsule

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

HOUSTON TEXANS (2-0) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-0)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  TEXANS PATRIOTS
SERIES LEADER   5-1
STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Bill O’Brien: 0-1 Bill Belichick: 5-1
LAST WEEK W 19-12 vs. Kansas City W 31-24 vs. Miami
LAST GAME 12/13/15: Patriots 27 at Texans 6. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 226 yards & 2 TDs. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has 4 catches for 87 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/10/12: Patriots 42, Texans 14. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 296 yards & 4 TDs. Patriots RB Stevan Ridley adds 72 rushing yards & TD.
REFEREE Walt Coleman
BROADCAST CBS/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli.

STATS

PASSING Brock Osweiler: 41-68-499-3-3-79.2 Jacoby Brissett (R): 6-9-92-0-0-100.2 OR

Jimmy Garoppolo: 42-60-498-4-0-117.2

RUSHING Lamar Miller: 53-189-3.6-0 LeGarrette Blount: 51-193-3.8-2
RECEIVING DeAndre Hopkins: 12-167-13.9-2 Julian Edelman: 14 (T3L)-142-10.1-0
OFFENSE 347.5 414.0
TAKE/GIVE +1 +1
DEFENSE 274.5 401.5
SACKS John Simon: 2.5 3 tied: 1
INTs Andre Hal: 1 Jamie Collins, Duron Harmon: 1
PUNTING Shane Lechler: 49.2 Ryan Allen: 36.2
KICKING Nick Novak: 24 (T1L) (3/3 PAT; 7/8 FG) Stephen Gostkowski: 18 (6/6 PAT; 4/5 FG)

NOTES

TEXANS: Aim for 2nd 3-0 start in team history (2012)…Head coach BILL O’BRIEN was assistant with NE from 2007-11…QB BROCK OSWEILER won only start vs. NE (11/29/15 with Den.)…RB LAMAR MILLER had rush TD in last game at NE (10/29/15 with Mia.)…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS had 11 catches for 169 yards in last Thurs. game. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. Rookie WR WILL FULLER is 3rd player in NFL history with 100+ rec. yards in each of 1st 2 career games…DE J.J. WATT has 6 sacks, 9 TFL & 45-yard FR-TD in 9 Thurs. games. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 76 sacks, most in NFL. Reached 75 sacks in 82nd game, 2nd fastest in NFL history (HOFer REGGIE WHITE). LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 8.5 sacks in past 4 (incl. playoffs). DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 2 sacks in last meeting…PATRIOTS: Incl. playoffs, have won 27 of past 29 at home…QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO is 2-0 as starter & has 117.2 rating. Rookie QB JACOBY BRISSETT made NFL debut last week & had 100.2 rating…RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT rushed for 123 yards in Week 2 & aims for 3rd in row with rush TD…WR JULIAN EDELMAN aims for 3rd in row vs. Hou. with 100+ yards. Has 7 rec. TDs in past 10. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT had 5 catches for 114 yards & TD last week. Has 271 catches since 2012, 4th most by NFL TE. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 10 catches for 214 yards (107 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2 vs. Hou. Since 2010, has 65 rec. TDs, most in NFL. In past 14 at home (incl. playoffs), has 15 rec. TDs. WR DANNY AMENDOLA had career-high 2 rec. TDs last week…LB JAMIE COLLINS has 3 sacks & INT in past 3 (incl. playoffs). CB MALCOLM BUTLER has 18 PD since 2015. DE JABAAL SHEARD had 2 sacks & 2 FFs in last meeting.


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