The Patriots got back on track Sunday night in Houston, thumping old friend Bill O'Brien and the Texans, 27-6. Thanks to Sunday afternoon losses from the Broncos and Bengals, the Patriots moved back into the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff picture with an 11-2 record on the season.
The Pats defense came up huge against Houston, never allowing Texans starter Brian Hoyer to get comfortable. Hoyer went just 11-for-22 for 155 yards in the loss. The Houston ground game mustered just 87 yards.
Keshawn Martin, James White and the returning Rob Gronkowski scored touchdown for the Patriots.
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New England plays lowlyTennessee next week at home before a tough one on Dec. 27 at the Jets.