Pats players from Houston watching, praying as area remains under siege


Pats players from Houston watching, praying as area remains under siege

FOXBORO -- The images from Texas are stark. Flood waters overwhelming roadways, businesses and homes from the coast to well inland. The initial storm surge and the now-remnants of Hurricane Harvey are the culprits, and they continues to dump water on a region that long since couldn’t handle any more. 

The Patriots may be thousands of miles away, but for players from Houston and surrounding areas, this has been difficult to watch.

“There’s some serious flooding going on,” said Cam Fleming, a Texas native. “It’s tragic. It’s a hard thing to deal with. I’m definitely praying for them.”

“Everybody down there right now has been through a lot,” former University of Houston linebacker Elandon Roberts said. “You just hope for the best . . . there is nothing you can really do about it, but what you can do is pray for the area and hope that they’ll be able to rescue the people that are trapped right now and just continue to pray because it ain’t over yet. The storm is still going.”

None of the players we spoke with had family in danger, at least as of this afternoon. Eric Rowe was thankful for that, but still couldn’t get over the devastation.

“My area is not as bad as the downtown area or South Houston,” said Rowe, who was raised 15 or 20 miles north of Houston. “There’s still a little bit of flooding but it’s not as compared to pictures in downtown, where water is going thru the roof . . . Right now, just praying for anyone down there.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the team announced earlier Monday they will match up to $1 million in donations that are made to the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund. Rowe wasn’t surprised.

“Mr. Kraft is a good guy,” he said. “I see him doing a bunch of charity stuff. He has a good heart . . . just for him to match, I’m sure it’s gladly appreciated.”

Money matters in the day-to-day, as well as in the overall recovery, but so, too, have the efforts of those who have bravely put themselves at risk to help others.

“It’s a very positive area,” said Roberts. “We all come together when stuff like that happens. We’ve been aware of it because we’ve been through it before. At the same time, everyone is coming together to give help where help is needed.”


MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24


MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?

0:41 - Tom Giles, Michael Holley, and Tom Curran react to the Patriots’ 23-7 win over the Falcons on Sunday night and whether the Patriots deserve to be considered Super Bowl favorites.

6:09 - Is Johnson Bademosi an upgrade over Stephon Gilmore at cornerback for the Patriots? Michael Hurley joins BST to debate with Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and Kayce Smith. They also discuss the defense’s overall improvement in Sunday night’s win.

14:37 - NBC Sports Boston’s Red Sox insider Evan Drellich joins the show to talk about the Red Sox hiring Alex Cora to be their new manager, whether it was the right choice, and how his presence will affect the Red Sox clubhouse.

22:14 - Kayce Smith and Tom Curran discuss Kyrie Irving’s vulgar response to a Philadelphia fan yelling “Where’s LeBron?” at him on Friday night.