clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Week 14 Patriots vs Texans Social Commentary: "They got J.J. Watt to quit on the play"

New, comment

The Patriots defeated the Texans 27-6 and they won in a resounding fashion.

Social commentary is always more fun when something great happens. I use great in the most broad of senses. It could be a spectacular play. It could be a spectacularly bad play. It could be the return of a phenomenal player. It could be an unexpected player rising to a challenge, or one completely missing the mark.

For me, the Patriots vs Texans game was the return of Rob Gronkowski and Vince Wilfork. It was a game that always felt safe for New England, although there were two premier players in receiver DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt on the opposing sideline.

We witnessed Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan ascend into a lock down player, even with some help over the top, and we saw Marcus Freaking Cannon take on Watt one-on-one and win the battle.

It's always nice to have a positive game, especially after two straight losses, and Houston was exactly what the doctor ordered.

I can't think of a player that looked like they were having more fun that Keshawn Martin. That muffed punt was the worst play of the day, but before that happened, Martin was one of the players of the game.

While he only posted three catches, one was a touchdown, and the other two were third down conversions. His three punt returns averaged 15.3 yards, which is an insanely high rate.

But then he fumbled the punt and he was never heard from again. Hopefully he remains a part of the offense as Danny Amendola remains limited in practice, but Martin could really become a valuable fourth receiver in the offense.

Had to share these.

Jonathan Freeny was bad before he injured his hand. Now, the Patriots have to play Jerod Mayo ahead in the depth chart, although Dont'a Hightower should be ready to return soon.

I don't know what I'll do if all of a sudden Jonathan Bostic starts to see the field over Mayo. I literally can't even.

The Patriots have added wide receiver Leonard Hankerson and I think the coaching staff is really questioning where LaFell fits into this offense moving forward. Last year was an excellent year for LaFell and he was a fantastic third target behind Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.

What happened? Will he return back to his 2014 form when Edelman returns and Gronkowski is at 100%, or was 2014 the anomaly and we're all just bearing witness to why the Panthers, with zero wide receivers on the roster, felt comfortable letting him walk in free agency?

I don't know how the officials overturned that James White catch. The Danny Amendola catch

I look forward to the days when the Patriots can win a game and no one gets hurt. I really, honestly do. I think the Jets and Bills games have been the only times all season where no one was hurt. I could be wrong about that. But jeez.

In my opinion, J.J. Watt is a top four defensive player in the league (Raiders Khalil Mack, Rams Aaron Donald, Broncos Von Miller) and DeAndre Hopkins is a top four wide receiver (Steelers Antonio Brown, Falcons Julio Jones, Giants Odell Beckham Jr.).

The Patriots shut them out and it wasn't even close. Right tackle Marcus Cannon was fantastic for the first time all season and cornerback Logan Ryan was exceptional. I want to give full credit to the coaching staff for putting these players in position to succeed, but man.

I'm still not sure how the Texans didn't adjust or find a way to get either player more involved. The Texans stood Watt up at middle linebacker to try and give him a free run at the interior line. It didn't work. Jones was locked down until I jinxed the whole danged thing.

The offense is only going to get better with the return of Julian Edelman and the health of Gronkowski and Amendola, and the defense will hopefully be at full strength in the playoffs with both Hightower and Devin McCourty back on the field. This team is on an upwards trajectory.