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Four plays to a Patriots L: Kyle Dugger, Ryan Izzo (twice) and pass protection come up short in big spots

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Frustrating would be the keyword I would use after watching back some of the key plays from Sunday's loss to the Texans.

The consistent theme to me seemed to be a lack of execution. The Patriots just didn't cover it, block it or run it well enough to win the key plays to beat the Texans and a vital game in their postseason chase.

Why the Patriots didn't execute? I can't answer that. You could certainly look at coaching, or just an overall lack of good football players. Maybe it's both.

Whatever the reason, it wasn't good enough last year, and it certainly wasn't good enough on Sunday.

The plays, with video analysis:

SECOND QUARTER

3RD & 4 AT 50(05:28) (Shotgun) D.Watson pass deep right to J.Akins to NE 25 for 25 yards (K.Dugger).