Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Tom Brady makes National Football League preseason debut, Patriots lose to Texans

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Kristopher Love | 22 August, 2017, 05:30

16, 2012, in Houston.

Jacoby Brissett fumbled, the Patriots' third turnover of the game, in the final minute to stymie New England's final drive in a 27-23 loss to the Houston Texans in preseason National Football League play Saturday night in Houston.

Dion Lewis rushed seven times for 34 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for nine yards in the Patriots' second preseason game. Would you rest J.J. Watt until the regular season?

The New England Patriots brought in several of their key starting personnel for limited action in tonight's game. The ball rolled through the end zone for a touchback, giving the ball back to Houston.

Houston struck first as Savage connected with Jaelen Strong on a 2-yard touchdown. His rating was 149.1. Harvey Langi was called for an illegal use of hands to the helmet on second-and-7 at the Patriots' 9.

But Brady failed to generate another first down on that opening series. But the pick was overturned on replay.

Hal, who's trying to produce the kind of big plays provided by Quintin Demps last season, made a leaping interception near the sideline over Hogan. The drive featured everything Rex Burkhead could be in the new-look dynamic Patriots' offense. He also had a kickoff return for 17 yards. He had three carries to get them to the 22.

One reason to be concerned: The team is thin at defensive end after top draft pick Derek Rivers sustained a season-ending torn ACL on Wednesday. The idea being that he could be effective in sub-packages covering backs and tight ends. He faked to his right and Cunningham took the bait, but Burkhead cut back to his left and was wide open to catch Brady's pass.

The NFL Preseason is an important time for coaches, and for players looking to make an impact and make the roster come cutdown day.

"I did a decent job", Watson said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Just as the Texans moved into Field Goal range, the Pats Defense stepped up their pressure on the QB.

Gostkowski kicked field goals of 38 and 52 yards, sandwiched around a Fairbairn 31-yarder for Houston, to make the score 13-10 at the half.