Twenty-seven thoughts on the Patriots’ 27-20 victory over the Texans . . .
1. At times it felt like the fifth preseason game — Tom Brady threw a deflected interception, Rob Gronkowski fumbled after a catch, and pretty much when painfully rusty Deshaun Watson tried to do anything — and there’s no doubt it was closer at the end than necessary. But make no mistake – the Patriots’ occasionally messy 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans Sunday deserves some appreciation. Brian Flores’s defense was often terrific, Brady and Gronkowski connected with their usual ease, and while the Texans once again looked like a team that played below its talent level, give the Patriots credit for making them look that way. A lot of people thought the Patriots were going to lose this game. Even with the Texans being a Hail Mary from tying it at the end, it never felt as if the game was out of their command. Save for a few attractive moments, it was an ugly grind, but that 1 sure looks nice in the win column.