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Patriots in focus after tough loss at Cleveland

It's on to the Patriots now, for the Houston Texans.

Loss number seven in 2020 came in Cleveland on Sunday, and Houston will get set for a visit from New England.

With the 10-7 defeat at the hands of the Browns, the Texans fell to 2-7 on the season.

A first quarter drive went 14 plays, while a third quarter possession was 13 plays. The former resulted in a 4th down run getting stuffed at the 4-yard line, while the latter saw a Ka'imi Fairbairn sail wide left.

"Every loss is frustrating," quarterback Deshaun Watson said. "You've got to take it under the chin and go back to the drawing board and just try to get ready for the Patriots next week."

Watson completed 20-of-30 passes for 163 yards, with a touchdown and zero interceptions. The lone score came on a 16-yarder to tight end Pharaoh Brown. It was the only possession of Houston's that ended in points, as the Texans punted four times, missed a field goal, turned the ball over on downs, and saw the end of the first half come during another drive.

Defensively, it was a tough day as well. The Browns grounded out 231 yards en-route to victory. Defensive end J.J. Watt, who finished with a tackle for loss, and five tackles on the day, was disappointed with the result.

"It was frustrating, obviously," Watt said. "And not where we wanted to end up. Every single loss is frustrating."

Despite the tough outcome Sunday in Cleveland, and the team's current record, center Nick Martin said the Texans will have their eyes focused on getting set for the matchup with New England.

 "We stay grinding," Martin said. "We're going to watch the tape and learn from it and move on, and work just as hard next week."

It will be the fifth straight year the Texans and Patriots have met in the regular season.

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