New England Patriots: 5 observations from lackluster night in Houston

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The New England Patriots put together a clunker in Houston Sunday night falling to 10-2 after a 28-22 loss to the Texans. Here are 5 observations from the loss.

The New England Patriots were simply outcoached, outplayed and outworked in Sunday night’s 28-22 loss to Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.

Chalk one up for Bill O’Brien who finally got one against his former team.  On a night where the Texans looked like the better team on both sides of the ball, the Patriots couldn’t get key stops when they needed it on defense and wasn’t helped out by the offense that continued to drown in frustration.

Tom Brady and his offensive unit did muster over 400 yards of offense, but much of that came when the game was basically already decided.

While the defense didn’t do their job by giving up some big plays to Watson, the offensive side of the ball continues to be a weakness for the Patriots.  Receivers aren’t on the same page as Brady and can’t seem to win one-on-one battles to create separation.

In all, Tom Brady and the Patriots offense continues to search for some kind of cohesion and balance as they are simply not good enough at the moment to win playoff football.  As proven Sunday night, if the defense does not play lights out, the defending Super Bowl champions have a tough time beating the better teams in the NFL.

On to Kansas City, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick knows his team has some work to do heading into Week 14.

“The Texans did a good job tonight all the way across the board in every area,” Belichick said following the game, via  “They were just better than we were tonight. I’m proud of the way our guys fought and competed. We’ve just go to coach better, we’ve got to play better. We’ve just got to do better than we did tonight. Just wasn’t good enough in any area, and they were the better team. I think that pretty much sums it up.”

Here are five observations from the New England Patriots lackluster performance against the Houston Texans.

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