If J.J. Watt was slowed by his broken hand in the Texans 27-6 loss Sunday night at NRG Stadium, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick didn’t notice.
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In the month of November, the Texans defense has been stellar. Entering Sunday’s game against the Saints at NRG Stadium, the unit had combined to allow 29 points over the first three games of the month, but that was against the likes of Zach Mettenberger, Andy Dalton and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Drew Brees and the Saints were supposed to pose a bigger test. They didn’t.
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As the Rockets continues to spiral downward it continues to get pointed out that this team is basically the same one that advanced to the Western Conference Finals a season ago. Jason Terry is tired of hearing that.
It had been three days since the Grizzlies and Knicks swept the Rockets in a back-to-back. In the interim, the team practiced twice after the coaching staff met Sunday. On Wednesday night at Toyota Center, the Rockets played Memphis for the second time in five days, but nothing changed. They fell short 102-93.
Rob Ryan was the Saints defensive coordinator for the first 10 games of their 2015 season, but after the Saints week 10 loss in Washington Ryan was fired and replaced by Dennis Allen. While the Saints defense may be ranked last in the NFL, the change makes it tougher to prepare for.
With T.J. Yates starting for the first time since in almost four years against the NFL’s fourth ranked defense, it’s natural to assume the Texans would keep it conservative Sunday at NRG Stadium. They didn’t, and it helped them beat the Jets 24-17.
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