The Patriots’ offense went very vanilla against the Texans on Saturday night, probably due to the fact that both teams face off in Week 3 of the regular season.
The first-team offense (with both Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo) fared well despite the basic playbook, as it built a 16-10 lead early in the third quarter by scoring on four of five drives at one point (not counting the drive before halftime).
The execution was good for the most part to that point. After that? Yikes. The Patriots had just one drive longer than 21 yards following the field goal on the second drive of the second half (not counting when the Texans were in prevent at the end), and had a fumble and an interception.
Most worrisome was that the second-team offensive line was basically run over by the Texans’ front seven in the second half, which made life tough on the quarterbacks and running backs.