The Patriots will look to punish the oddsmakers as an underdog again this Thursday night hosting the Houston Texans.
Jimmy Garoppolo is still recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained during Sunday's game against Miami.
Add to that Garoppolo hasn't been completely ruled out, after he returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday. It's no coincidence that my autocorrect keeps changing "Brissett" to "Brisket" - the rookie will be fresh meat for the Texans dogs. QB Jimmy Garoppolo is 2-0 as starter and has 117.2 passer rating. In 2014, shortly after the team selected Garoppolo in the second round, Belichick dropped a not-so-subtle hint that they were not about to go through the same freefall that happened in Indy after the Colts lost Peyton Manning.
Based on just about every report, it seems as if the Patriots will trot out rookie Jacoby Brissett to start on Thursday night, and NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that the team has "done extensive preparation over the past few days to get WR Julian Edelman ready" to be Brissett's backup. After enduring the round and round of their own quarterback carousel previous year, the Texans have welcomed the stability afforded by pricey offseason acquisition Brock Osweiler while the Patriots have shuffled signal callers in the wake of Tom Brady's suspension and Jimmy Garoppolo's shoulder injury. "Yet again, another challenge playing with the back-up to the back-up quarterback in Jacoby Brissett".
Garoppolo has done nothing but impress during his two week audition.
The current Texans quarterback said it isn't easy as some may think. "I'm not a doctor", Belichick said. Let me put it a different way - I'm the coach; I do what's best for the football team. In a pinch, they may just send Edelman out there. "He has been treated, like every other player", Belichick said.
For the last four years, two of the Texans's biggest thorns in their side have been the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots.
A road win in New England, even against an injury-hampered Patriots team, would solidify Houston's spot as a contender in the AFC at 3-0.
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