WK17 Patriots 42 Texans 14 Aerial Pats look to ground game to win in Texas. Foxboro, MA First Quarter action Texans would start with the ball and nick pick there way through the Patriots defense on route to a 2 yard TD run by R.Moats to start the scoring 7-0. Patriots first possession on 2nd down Walter would look to hit Watson across the middle but was picked off by J. Reeves who looked to put the Texans up 2 scores but Andrew Walter who was a safety in High School had a flashback and laid the wood on him causing a fumble that the Pats would recover. Next play F.Taylor would take the handoff 72 yards for the score to get the Pats on the board 7-7. From there it was stingy defense by the Pats and hard nose running by Maroney and Taylor as the Patriots would score 21 pts before S.Slaton would close out the half on 1 yard TD run 28-14 at the half. Patriots defense would continue to hold strong as Walter would connect with Watson and Moss on both their 2nd scores of the day to end it 42-14. Patriots did a good job containing S.Slaton (14 carries for 39 yards 1 TD) and putting pressure on Schaub (0 TD passes) to find open receivers downfield. The running game of the Patriots (233 total yards rushing) appeared to be too much as the were able to move the ball downfield with ease which allowed Walter (4 TD passes) to feel more comfortable when he had to throw the ball. Patriots will go home and wait for the outcome of the Bills/Colts game to determine if they won the AFC East and will they be hosting the Jags again at home. GG obi.