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Patriots Replay: Key plays from New England’s win over the Texans

Here’s our weekly look at the key plays in the Patriots’ game after reviewing the film.

Defending the Texans

With quarterback Deshaun Watson posing more of a threat with his feet than his arm, the Patriots spent most of the day with a five-man defensive line and a single-high safety.

But the Texans made the Patriots pay when they ran vertical routes. Here, safety Devin McCourty turns his attention to receiver DeAndre Hopkins, letting Bruce Ellington get open down the seam for the touchdown.

Low Watt-age

The Patriots didn’t take any chances with defensive end J.J. Watt, giving him a double team throughout the game.

How’d Chris Hogan get so open?

Receiver Chris Hogan ran an out route, drawing the free safety over toward the sideline.

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But Hogan ran a nifty double move, and when he cut back to the middle of the field, it was wide open.

Two is a crowd

On Hogan’s first touchdown, the Patriots had only two receivers out in the route.

And they also had only two receivers in the route on Brandin Cooks’s first touchdown.

Gronk decoy

Rob Gronkowski was often used as a blocker, like on Cooks’s first touchdown.

Offensive snap counts
Chiefs (81) Saints (76) Texans (65) Total (222) Percentage
G Shaq Mason 81 76 65 222 100%
G Joe Thuney 81 76 65 222 100%
C David Andrews 81 76 65 222 100%
QB Tom Brady 81 76 65 222 100%
OT LaAdrian Waddle 8 0 65 73 33%
LT Nate Solder 81 76 64 221 100%
TE Rob Gronkowski 78 46 64 188 85%
WR Chris Hogan 73 65 59 197 89%
WR Brandin Cooks 67 65 58 190 86%
RB James White 43 30 32 105 47%
WR Danny Amendola 32 0 32 64 29%
RB Mike Gillislee 24 30 21 75 34%
TE Dwayne Allen 27 46 17 90 41%
FB James Develin 19 24 15 58 26%
RB Dion Lewis 6 14 12 32 14%
WR Phillip Dorsett 18 32 7 57 26%
TE Jacob Hollister 0 16 7 23 10%
OT Cam Fleming 0 4 2 6 3%
RT Marcus Cannon 81 76 0 157 71%
RB Rex Burkhead 10 8 0 18 8%
Defensive snap counts
Chiefs (69) Saints (65) Texans (71) Total (205) Percentage
LB Kyle Van Noy 69 65 71 205 100%
S Devin McCourty 68 65 71 204 100%
CB Malcolm Butler 69 49 71 189 92%
DE Trey Flowers 69 62 68 199 97%
CB Stephon Gilmore 69 65 60 194 95%
LB Elandon Roberts 9 36 57 102 50%
S Patrick Chung 45 63 52 160 78%
DE Lawrence Guy 26 30 51 107 52%
S Duron Harmon 63 52 50 165 80%
DT Malcom Brown 49 34 46 129 63%
DT Adam Butler 21 45 46 112 55%
CB Jonathan Jones 3 27 42 72 35%
DE Deatrich Wise 18 28 34 80 39%
DE Cassius Marsh 24 31 31 86 42%
DT Alan Branch 42 6 21 69 34%
LB David Harris 2 1 4 7 3%
S Jordan Richards 42 16 3 61 30%
LB Marquis Flowers 0 0 2 2 1%
CB Eric Rowe 37 34 0 71 35%
LB Donta Hightower 35 0 0 35 17%
DE Harvey Langi 0 6 0 6 3%

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