GAME BLOG: Texans shutout by Patriots, 27-0, on TNF

Follow all of the action from the Houston Texans Week 3 primetime match-up on Thursday Night Football.

The Texans (2-0) face the New England Patriots (2-0) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

For play-by-play, be sure to follow KHOU 11 Sports Anchor Matt Musil on Twitter.





















































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Jacoby Brissett to start at QB for Patriots vs. Texans; TE Rob Gronkowski active

The New England Patriots will start rookie Jacoby Brissett at quarterback Thursday night against the Houston Texans with Jimmy Garoppolo inactive.

The third-round pick will get the call four days after Garoppolo, the fill-in starter, suffered a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder during the Patriots' Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Garoppolo and suspended Tom Brady are the only other quarterbacks on New England's roster. There has been speculation that slot receiver Julian Edelman, who played quarterback at Kent State, could be an option behind Brissett if Garoppolo is unable to play in an emergency capacity.

Brissett becomes only the third quarterback not named Brady to start for New England since the three-time Super Bowl MVP took over the job in 2001. Matt Cassel (in 2008) and Garoppolo have gone a combined 12-5 in games that Brady has missed in that time period.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, meanwhile, is active and expected to make his season debut after sitting out the first two games with a hamstring injury

Oddsmakers: Texans 1-point favorite against Patriots on TNF


Pretty much across the board, NFL teams are feeling the pain from key players getting hurt. Pro Picks was damaged by some of those injuries in Week 2, as well.

On Thursday night, a team likely down to its third-string quarterback, a rookie no less, takes on a club that in the offseason signed its new QB to a sweet $72 million, four-year contract.

Yep, the Patriots figure to have third-round selection Jacoby Brissett behind center withJimmyGaroppolo mending his injured right shoulder and Tom Brady suspended for two more weeks. Houston counters with Brock Osweiler, who has looked pretty good in his first two outings as a Texan.

Yet New England (tied for first in AP Pro32 with Pittsburgh) is a mere 1-point underdog to Houston (No. 7, AP Pro32). That's a testament to how tough the Patriots are at Foxborough.

Maybe Texans coach Bill O'Brien's familiarity with the Patriots' system after having coached there for five seasons, two of which ended in Super Bowl defeats, will help. After all, this is a guy who slept at Gillette Stadium during his time working there.

"No question when I was quality control coach, I definitely had a couple nights there," O'Brien says. "(Josh) McDaniels had me breaking down all kinds of film. (Bill) Belichick had me breaking down all kinds of film. I had to get the job done."

The oddsmakers figure his team will get it done this week with no Tom Terrific, no Jimmy G and maybe no Gronk — All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski has yet to play this season because of a hamstring issue. Sure seems like a good spot to pick the visitors.

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Clowney healthy and ready to shine in prime time

Jadeveon Clowney is ready to shine in prime time.

The No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft failed to make an impact in his first two injury-plagued seasons. But now he's healthy, playing well and ready for a national audience Thursday when the Houston Texans visit a New England Patriots team that will likely start rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

It will be just the second time Clowney has played in a nationally televised game after he sat out three of Houston's four night games in his first two years because of various injuries.

When asked if he's ready to show what he can do, a big smile crept across his face and he let out a small laugh before gathering himself to provide an answer.

"I'm very excited," he said. "I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be big for the team."

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