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New England Patriots v Houston Texans
Damiere Byrd, a bright spot on Sunday
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  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from the Patriots’ 27-20 loss to the Texans. 1. Patriots offense succumbs to Texans’ blitz-happy game plan.
  • Chad Finn shares 10 thoughts on the Texans’ 27-20 win over the Patriots. 2. The Patriots had some good things happen. A few. Just not enough.
  • Dave D’Onofrio has 5 takeaways from Sunday’s reality check of a loss. 1. Bad teams find ways to lose.
  • Doug Kyed recaps the Patriots’ loss in a must-win situation, and looks at what went wrong in Week 11.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) After further review: Patriots crash and burn in Houston. “After looking like they were getting their defense back to something close to what they envisioned when they beat Baltimore, they were sliced and diced by Deshaun Watson who looked like he was playing 7-on-7 out there for much of Sunday’s game.”
  • Michael Hurley runs through Sunday’s debacle and says that for the first time in 20 years, the Patriots’ season is over before Thanksgiving. “It had its moments. It had its flashes of potential. It had a chance.”
  • Matt Dolloff recounts how the defense got virtually no pressure on Deshaun Watson as the stronger, tougher Texans offense pushed the punchless Pats around.
  • Alex Barth points to the failure to protect Cam Newton as what doomed Patriots on Sunday.
  • Matt Dolloff gives us the Patriots snap counts: Damien Harris abandoned early.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: What Damiere Byrd is proving to himself, and maybe to the Pats; Plus: An impressive streak ends for DT Adam Butler. Butler had appeared in every Patriots game since joining the team as an undrafted rookie in 2017 (64 total, including playoffs); More.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) NFL Rundown Week 11 – Five things you’ll want to know this morning.
  • Doug Kyed brings up Damien Harris’ odd usage Sunday and says the play-calling left a lot to be desired.
  • Doug Kyed explains how Rex Burkhead’s injury changes the offense and will make them more predictable.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Burkhead’s season appears to be over after knee injury vs Texans.
  • Tom E. Curran says the reality is, the Patriots are mediocre ... on a good day.
  • Ricky Doyle calls the ‘rock bottom’ awful loss in Houston emblematic of the new normal. “it’s all indicative of what the Patriots are right now: An underwhelming team with a flawed roster that’ll be pesky some weeks but ultimately isn’t good enough. In many ways, the Patriots are the antithesis of what they had been for the past 20 years.”
  • Zack Cox highlights what frustrated the Patriots most about yesterday’s loss: ‘We knew everything that we had to do. We just didn’t get it done.’
  • Zack Cox relays Cam Newton on what went wrong on that final fourth down.
  • CBS Boston picks some Ups & Downs from the Patriots’ disappointing loss.
  • Nick Goss takes a look at the AFC playoff picture to see where Pats stand in the wild card race after Week 11.
  • Zack Cox explains that technically the Patriots still have a chance to make the playoffs, but it’s against some extremely long odds.
  • Justin Leger notes the Patriots are currently slated to pick 12th in the 2021 NFL draft.


  • Game Center ( Patriots at Texans: Stats, drives, highlights.
  • Holden Perrelli (Pro Football Focus) NFL Week 11 PFF ReFocused: Houston Texans 27, New England Patriots 20. “Rookie Watch: For the Patriots, offensive linemen Michael Onwenu continues to excel anywhere along the front. He played every single snap and surrendered nothing in pass-protection.”
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Patriots at Texans: The Patriots’ roller-coaster season continues after the defense was unable to contain Watson.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Patriots’ postseason hopes take a hit in 27-20 loss to Texans.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Cam Newton has an answer for why J.J. Watt had four deflections.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Rex Burkhead believed to have torn ACL. /Too bad. Tough week for injuries in NFL.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Even on the day they lost Joe Burrow, the Bengals saw what they have in him; Plus, thrilling Colts and Titans wins set the stage for an AFC South showdown, what the Browns have done differently this year, Taysom Hill gets the job done, a Q&A with Cooper Kupp and more.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA Week 11: Patrick Mahomes and the moments competitors love; Alex Smith and the spirit of Thanksgiving.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: Ravens suddenly in big trouble, Patriots can forget about playoffs and more from Week 11.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Week 11 Takeaways: Taysom Hill proves Payton right, Comeback Colts, Henry breaks Baltimore; Vikings, Patriots and Lions bow out of playoff contention, and more.
  • Around the NFL ( NFL Week 11: What we learned from Sunday’s games. 2) Even though it wasn’t enough to win the game, Cam Newton’s passing line finally reemerged from the murky waters of 2020 on Sunday.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 11 grades. Patriots: C, Texans: A-. Defensively, Bill Belichick’s club had no answer for Deshaun Watson and had an extremely tough time getting off the field on third down.