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slides: 5 Takeaways From Patriots 27-23 Loss to Houston in Preseason Game 2

Sunday, August 20, 2017


Rex Burkhead caught a touchdown pass in Patriots loss

Tom Brady threw for 67 yards and a touchdown in just over one-quarter of action, but the New England Patriots fell 27-23 to the Houston Texans in game two of the preseason. 

Brady completed 6 of 9 passes while hitting Rex Burkhead across the middle for a 22-yard touchdown pass. 

Turnovers Cost Patriots

The Patriots turned the ball over three times in the game, and it resulted in 10 points for Houston.

With the Texans leading 20-16 in the third quarter, Jimmy Garoppolo fumbled after he was hit by Houston’s Tony Washington. The Texans would convert that fumble into three points following a Houston kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn to make the score 20-16 Houston.

After Garoppolo found DJ Foster in the end zone to give the Patriots a 23-20 lead in the fourth quarter, New England’s next possession would result in another turnover.

On first down from his own 38-yard line, Garoppolo scrambled out of the pocket and threw high to Jacob Hollister. The ball was picked off by Houston’s Denzel Rice who returned it to the Patriots four-yard line.

One play later, Houston’s D’Onta Foreman ran it into the end zone to give the Texans a 27-23 lead.

Garoppolo went 15 of 23 for 145 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the game. 

The Patriots had one final possession to try and win the game, but another turnover would cost them.

Jacoby Brissett dropped back to pass on third down from the Houston 8-yard line when the ball was knocked out of his hand as he was getting set to pass.

The ball went forward and out of the back of the end zone for a touchback, giving the Texans the win.

Brissett finished the game by going 5 of 10 for 36 yards. 

Next up 

The Patriots return to action on Friday, August 25 when they visit the Detroit Lions. 

Game time is set for 7 p.m.


Related Slideshow: 5 Takeaways From Patriots 27-23 Loss to Houston in Preseason Game 2

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Tom Brady

Tom Brady saw his first action of the preseason going 6 of 9 for 67 yards and a touchdown pass to Rex Burkhead. 

He was in the game for two offensive possessions which took him into the second quarter before he was replaced by Jimmy Garoppolo. 

Brady hit Burkhead on a short pass, which he took to the end zone for his first score as a Patriot. 

Brady also completed passes to James White, and a seven-yard pass to Brandin Cooks in the game. 

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Rex Burkhead

Newcomer Rex Burkhead shows his versatility in this game.

Burkhead finished the game with seven rushes for 20 yards and caught three passes for 50 yards including the touchdown. He saw a total of 13 snaps with Brady and the first team offense. 

He was also involved in pass protection. 

Running Back Snaps Breakdown With Brady: (Out of 16 total snaps)

Burkhead: 13 

James White: 3 

Dion Lewis: 0 

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Rob Gronkowski

For the first time since 2012, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski played in a preseason game. 

It was reported on Friday, August 18, that Gronkowski would not play. 

Gronkowski was on the field for 15 snaps and was not targeted.

He was effective as a run blocker, clearing room for Burkhead to take a short pass from Brady 16 yards at the end of the first quarter. 

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Elandon Roberts Injured

Linebacker Elandon Roberts suffered a rib injury following a collision with teammate Jonathan Freeny. 

Roberts suffered the injury while in coverage on a slant route when the two collided.

Roberts stayed down and was carted off the field. He did not return. 

The Patriots defense is already short up front with injuries to Derek Rivers and Deatrich Wise, combined with the retirement of Rob Ninkovich. 

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Stephen Gostkowski

Stephen Gostkowski nailed kicks of 51, 42, and 38 yards against the Texans while making all of his field goal attempts. 

Gostkowski missed a 56-yard field goal last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Gostkowski missed five field goals and three extra points last season. 


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