FOXBORO -- Here are five quick-hit takeaways from an eye-opening Patriots win over the Texans, 27-0. The victory put the Patriots at 3-0 and tied Bill Belichick with Curly Lambeau for fourth all-time with 226 wins.
-- Jacoby Brissett looked like a serviceable NFL quarterback in his first-ever pro start, filling in for injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. He completed 11-of-19 passes for 103 yards and didn't throw an interception. At times, he was too strong with his throws, missing a couple of deep shots with receivers open. And he was not pinpoint accurate in the red zone, but he took care of the football, which was more than enough for the Patriots given that they played with the lead for much of the game. Brissett used his legs effectively, a strong point of his game while at NC State, and the highlight of his night came on a 27-yard touchdown run where he dove across the goal line.
-- After his score, Brissett went to the sideline and handed the football to Belichick. The Patriots head coach and Josh McDaniels deserve credit for their game plan, using a variety of formations and scheme plays to take advantage of their young quarterback's skill set while also keeping the Texans off-balance. On multiple occasions, they ran variations of the option, even using receiver Julian Edelman in the backfield at times. The offense was prepared. While Brissett didn't appear to make multiple reads on many of his throws, the team used a good chunk of its playbook on a short week. That's as much a credit to the coaching staff as it is the players.
-- The Patriots played the field-position game perfectly in this one. Ryan Allen had seven punts for a 47.6-yard average. Six fell inside the 20. The team also got two turnovers in the kicking game. Brandon Bolden forced one fumble in the first quarter while Nate Ebner forced another in the third. Both resulted in points.
-- The Texans and their talented defensive front was very quiet in this one. The combination of JJ Watt, Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney and the rest of the Houston defense recorded just one sack. They also had difficulty stopping the Patriots running game. New England rushed 39 times for 185 yards, a 4.7 yards-per-carry average.
-- This was a bounce-back game for the Patriots secondary. Logan Ryan pulled the duty of slowing down DeAndre Hopkins. The Texans' No. 1 wideout was held to four catches for 56 yards, and rookie standout Will Fuller had just three catches for 31 yards. Malcolm Butler was particularly strong in coverage after a tough day against the Dolphins. He was targeted six times and gave up two catches -- both of which were dump-offs to backs in the flat. He also had a crucial pass breakup on fourth down to give the Patriots offense the ball back.