FOXBOROUGH, Mass., Sporting Alert — Third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett played an important role for the New England Patriots in their 27-0 shutout win over the Houston Texans in Thursday Night Football. Box Score
Brissett was making his first NFL start for the Patriots, as first-choice Tom Brady, who is serving a four-game suspension for ‘Deflategate’ and backup Jimmy Garoppolo, who injured his right shoulder against the Miami Dolphins, were both unavailable.
The 23-year-old completed 11 of 19 passes for 103 yards without an interception, and had eight carries for 48 yards, with a 27-yard score in the first quarter for New England (3-0) at Gillette Stadium.
“It was crazy. It was awesome,” Brissett said about his first touchdown in his NFL career.
“Definitely great to see all the players just run up to you. I got a headache from all the head bobbing and head bumping. But it was definitely worth it.”
Running back LeGarrette Blount also played a starring role for the home side, as he ran 24 times for 105 yards and two scores, including a 41-yarder in the fourth quarter, as the Patriots collected their first shutout win since 2012.
Meanwhile, Houston quarterback Brock Osweiler went 24 for 41 on completed passes for 196 yards, with two interceptions and was sacked twice.
It was the first time the Texans (2-1) have been shutout since 2003, which was also a 27-0 defeat against the Jacksonville.
The visitors entered the game as a 1-point favourite, but struggled to get going on offense and gave too many chances to the Patriots because of poor decision making and needless penalties.
“I felt like we had a great week of preparation, very focused,” Osweiler on the loss.
He added: “The game plan was solid and we worked hard. So this is hard to take.
“But the bottom line is that New England had a great game plan. They deserve all the credit. But we’ll bounce back from this one.”
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