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ON FOOTBALL | Midweek report

Patriots were lucky to hold on against Texans

Scoring points wasn’t going to be an issue for the Patriots last Sunday. Their quick-passing attack easily neutralized J.J. Watt and the Texans’ pass rush. Rob Gronkowski and Shane Vereen were clear mismatches for the replacement linebackers, and the Texans’ young safeties don’t scare anyone.

But frankly, the Patriots were fortunate to escape with a 34-31 win. For the first time all season, Bill Belichick couldn’t figure out how to slow down the opposing offense. He previously thwarted Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, but Case Keenum, an undrafted rookie making just his sixth career start, gave him fits.

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