Houston (CBS Houston)– Offensive lineman Logan Mankins and the New England Patriots took it to the Texans defense in the second half to hand Houston their tenth consecutive loss, 34-31 Sunday afternoon.
According to a CSNNE interview, Mankins was asked about keeping Tom Brady clean in the second half and what it was like battling the Texans defense.
“We just kept fighting,” Mankins said. “With those guys you have to try to outwork the, especially Watt. He’s not the most powerful guy. He’s quick, elusive, slippery, he’s adept at jumping around you. You’ve always got to have your feet happy with that guy. We just kept battling, guys were getting open which helped and we just kept fighting them.”
The Patriots trailed by 10 at halftime and then the lead changed five times in a completely different second half for the Texans.
Mankins knew that Texans defensive lineman JJ Watt and Antonio Smith were becoming increasingly frustrated as the game turned in favor of the Patriots.
“Those guys are used to making so many plays that when they’re not making plays they do get frustrated” Mankins said. “Those are guys that every play they make they have to go celebrate so if they’re not celebrating and they’re not getting their camera time they get mad.”
Watt ended his day without any sacks but did have five tackles and three hits on Brady.
While Antonio Smith continues to receive national coverage/criticism for his thoughts on the Patriots adjustments:
“Either teams are spying on us or scouting us,” Smith said.”It was just miraculous that they changed up some things that they did on offense that keyed on what we put in this week,” Smith said. “There’s no way. We have not did it ever (sic) before and they ain’t never changed it ever before so it was just kind of fishy.”
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