Breakdown: Patriots defense vs. Texans

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The defensive performance against the Texans in the Patriots’ 27-23 loss was inconsistent. The defensive line, with the starters playing deep into the third quarter, controlled much of the game, especially against the run (2.8 yards per carry). But there were some issues on the edge and in the secondary. Anytime you allow Tom Savage to complete 8 of 9 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown, it’s not a great night.

A look at the individual units and which players stood out positively and negatively: