Home Sweet Home | Vandermeer's View

This was the 6th time the Texans have met the Patriots at NRG Stadium. They are now 3-3 in those games after beating New England 27-20. Two of the three losses were by three points or less, with the outlier being a lopsided affair on a flexed-in Sunday Night Football outing in 2015.

The latest win was peppered with outstanding pass plays by Deshaun Watson and his crew. Watson wasn't sacked and found nine different receivers on his way to 344 yards and two touchdowns.

Watson also ran for 30 yards and a score. All this on a day when the backs totaled 19 yards.

Laremy Tunsil was out with an illness as the Texans started Rod Johnson at left tackle. It didn't matter in the pass protection department as Houston allowed no sacks.

As well as Watson played, maybe the headline should be the defense. They held a top three ground game in check and made stop after stop in the second half with the game on the line.

There were the Patriots driving for the would-be tying touchdown but the defense rose up with a stop on fourth and four that basically salted the game.

Defensive Coordinator Anthony Weaver sprinkled plenty of DB blitzes into the backfield and it worked wonders. Justin Reid had his first career sack and made some big stops against the run. He also forced a popgun pass on that fourth and four. J.J. Watt knocked down multiple passes and got his bazillionth TFL.

But let's go back to Tim Kelly, who knew he had to mix in some carries and also play to the hot hand of his quarterback to keep the offense moving.

This was a big blow to New England. Their script had them reaching .500 and staying within striking distance of the Dolphins and Bills. For the Texans, it meant getting a win over a perennial giant getting another opportunity to win back-to-back games and start a winning streak on their own.

Detroit is next for a Thanksgiving matchup. The Texans were there on Turkey day eight years ago and came away with a victory, deep in overtime. Watt played in that game and so did Matt Stafford, Whitney Mercilus and Jon Weeks., but as for the rest of the squad? Most of the current lot were in high school.

My broadcast partner, and former Lion, Andre Ware tells me that Detroit's record is irrelevant on Thanksgiving. It's an annual bowl game that they take pride in hosting.

Houston is very much in a week-to-week mode in search of stacking wins. Here's hoping the team gets served victory meals on the way home.

Check out some photos from the Houston Texans, New England Patriots Week 11 matchup.

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