Best and worst: Patriots 27, Texans 0
Jabaal Sheard steamrolled through tackle Derek Newton for a ridiculously easy 11-yard sack of Brock Osweiler to end the Texans first drive. Newton appeared to be shooing flies off of Sheard as opposed to blocking him.
YOU MEAN THAT WAS WRONG PLAY OF THE NIGHT
Texans gunner Charles James tackling Cyrus Jones as the punt arrived after Jones called for a fair catch.
FIRST BEST NIFTY MOVING
Jacoby Brissett’s lining up with two backs, faking a toss left to Julian Edelman, running option right with Brandon Bolden, turning upfield and gaining 13.
NEXT BEST NIFTY MOVING
On third-and-2, Brissett delivered on time to fellow rookie Malcolm Mitchell who made a seamless catch then made his way upfield like a salmon avoiding rocks.
FINAL BEST NIFTY MOVING
Brissett, who’s got a helluva knack for ballhandling and disguising, on the half-bootleg around the right side for a 27-yard touchdown capped by a juke and a little bit of tougheness in plowing in.
WHY HE’LL BE IN THE HOF
Three of DeAndre Hopkins' first four catches were just absurd sideline tightropes, all hands in tight coverage. He’s remarkable.
GUTPUNCH OF THE NIGHT
Jacoby Brissett’s 16-yard completion to a crossing Danny Amendola to get the Patriots from their 13 out to near the 30. The drive didn’t result in points but the Ryan Allen punt pinned Houston at their 10.
Ryan Allen’s first four punts were good for an average of 49.3 yards and all inside the 20. As someone may have mentioned in the pregame.
ARE YOU GOING TO WEAR THAT?
Bill Belichick in a too small cutoff sweatshirt over a blue sweatshirt thing over a pair of khakis. Aggressive.
WORST ALUMNI CELEBRATION
Bill O’Brien, Romeo Crennel, Larry Izzo, Mike Vrabel and Vince Wilfork showing up for the kind of head-whacking they got in prime time in the place they all used to win Super Bowls at.