Patriots Picked Perfect Time to Play Imperfect Football in Win over Texans

January 15, 2017   ·     ·   Jump to comments

On Saturday night, the New England Patriots were the biggest playoff favorites this century. According to OddsShark, they were supposed to beat the lowly Houston Texans by 17 points. 
The Patriots did not play well. Quarterback Tom Brady had his first multi-interception game of the year, completing just 47.4 percent of his passes. Running backs Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount had just 72 yards on 21 carries. The Pats committed three turnovers for only the third time in the last three years. 
And yet New England won. By 18 points. 
Two conclusions can be drawn. 
First, the Patriots are so freakin' good that they can win playoff games against strong defensive opponents despite struggling on offense.
Second, the Patriots picked a good time to play a poor game. The Texans are so inept on offense that New England could afford to lack rhythm and make multiple major mistakes and get away with it. 
What's scary is the Pats aren't lik...

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