Patriots-Texans was a one-sided rivalry headed into Sunday night's matchup at NRG Stadium. New England had won 10 of the 11 meetings, and Bill O'Brien was winless against his former employer.
But O'Brien and Houston defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel stymied the out-of-sync Patriots offense en route to a 28-22 win that wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicated.
Although we've seen Tom Brady and Co. out of sorts at other points this season, this was the first time the Patriots really paid the price for offensive stagnancy with a loss.
With the season three-quarters over, it’s fair to wonder if that will be the last time.
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