Scoring points wasn’t going to be an issue for the Patriots last Sunday. Their quick-passing attack easily neutralized J.J. Watt and the Texans’ pass rush. Rob Gronkowski and Shane Vereen were clear mismatches for the replacement linebackers, and the young safeties don’t scare anyone.
But frankly, the Patriots were fortunate to escape with a 34-31 win. For the first time all season, Bill Belichick couldn’t figure out how to slow down the opposing offense.
If not for a couple of ill-timed drops by the Texans in the fourth quarter, the Patriots easily could have left Houston as losers. And Case Keenum would be the talk of the NFL this week, instead of an anonymous rookie playing out the string for a 2-10 team. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.