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2-1, 1st in AFC East

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots safety Devin McCourty's T-shirt as he waits for a post-game press conference comes with a message that is important to him.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick says he will only talk about the game, not how his players handled the national anthem. He says he will handle that situation later.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady also said, "I believe love is the greatest thing we have to overcome a lot of things."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady on locking arms with Phillip Dorsett during the national anthem before the game. His message: "I just think there is great love for my teammates."

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Breakout game for Brandin Cooks fantasy owners...The Patriots WR caught five passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Vertical routes down the field, play action concepts to clear out space and one-on-one matchups.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Brandon Cooks' game-winning touchdown pushed him past the 30-point PPR fantasy plateau for the fourth time in his 45 career NFL games, and he finished with 32.1, his third-best single-game total. Kiss goodbye any concerns his owners had about his slow start to the season, as there'll be little doubting his WR1 status now.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Brandin Cooks' 25-yard touchdown reception (and ensuing two-point conversion) in the final minute of the Texans-Patriots game added 64% to New England's win probability, by far the biggest swing play so far today.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Looked like the Texans were playing 2-Deep coverage on Tom Brady's TD pass to Brandin Cooks. Brady pumped to the inside vertical. That held the safety over the top and opened up a window to hit Cooks on the fade for the go-ahead score.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots starting CB Stephon Gilmore (dehydration) has returned to the game after missing one series.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots starting CB Stephon Gilmore has left for the locker room at the start of the second half. He had a groin injury entering the game, and the team said his absence is a result of dehydration. Jonathan Jones has replaced him.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots cleared out of the middle of the field on the Brandin Cooks TD catch. Play action out of a run set with a deep post/seam over the top. Lot of room for Cooks to run the dig route.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Turnovers turned into TDs by both teams, coupled with short fields as a result of the punt-return game, have produced a back-and-forth first half as the Patriots lead the Texans, 21-20, at halftime. Rookie Texans QB Deshaun Watson has attacked the Patriots' D down the field and shown some impressive elusiveness.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Chris Hogan is having a first half that will make fantasy owners happy. With 4 catches for 68 yards and 2 TDs, the Texans seem to be forgetting to cover him. He has been wide open on both scoring plays.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots LT Nate Solder's struggles continue, as he was beaten by Whitney Mercilus, who hit Tom Brady to force a fumble that popped into the air and was returned for a TD by Jadeveon Clowney. Solder didn't play in the preseason due to an undisclosed injury, and while Mercilus deserves credit for the play, Solder's inconsistent start to the season has hurt the Patriots at times.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Adding further detail to the Patriots sideline in pre-game: The following players kneeled, side by side with arms locked, during the national anthem: Adam Butler, Brandon King, Lawrence Guy, Alan Branch, Jordan Richards, Malcom Brown, Trey Flowers, Deatrich Wise Jr., Jonathan Jones, Devin McCourty, Elandon Roberts, Stephon Gilmore, Malcolm Butler, Brandon Bolden, James White, Johnson Bademosi and Duron Harmon. Also, the following players locked arms as they stood side by side: Tom Brady, Phillip Dorsett, Matthew Slater, David Harris, Dwayne Allen and Cassius Marsh. At the end of that line, Marsh put his hand on the shoulder pad of Marquis Flowers.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The Texans' strip-sack of Tom Brady that Jadeveon Clowney returned for a touchdown was worth 18% in win probability. The Patriots currently have a 64% chance to win.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Deshaun Watson was intercepted by CB Stephon Gilmore early in the second quarter and the Patriots quickly turned that turnover into a touchdown to go ahead 14-10. Something to consider as game progresses: Rookie QBs are 0-10 against Bill Belichick-coached teams when having multiple turnovers.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots trail the Texans, 10-7, after the first quarter as special teams have set both teams up for their initial touchdowns. Those TDs came as both offenses had a shorter field to drive. The Texans, with Deshaun Watson, are attacking the Patriots down the field.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Deshaun Watson is just the 5th rookie to throw a Pass TD at the Patriots in the Bill Belichick era. The others are Andrew Luck (2), Mark Sanchez (1), Byron Leftwich (1) and Jared Goff (1). Watson is the 12th rookie QB to throw a pass at Patriots in the Belichick era (since 2000).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

TE Rob Gronkowski has not been slowed by a groin injury. Catching his 70th career TD pass, he has been on the field for 10 of the team's first 11 snaps.

Team Stats

Passing Yards341.51st
Rushing Yards121.510th
Points For31.55th
Points Against31.0Tied-29th

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