New England QB Jimmy Garoppolo limited in practice

Pittsburgh Steelers running back De Angelo Williams celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Antonio Brown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Pittsburgh Sunday Sept. 18 2016

"It's not about who you play, but when you play them", said Bart Scott. The Patriots have to go to Jacoby Brissett.

This Texans defense, with its key components healthy, is playing well.

"This is kind of great for the New England Patriots and their coaching staff", said CBS Sports' Boomer Esiason.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn't ready to rule out injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for a game Thursday against the Houston Texans. The Patriots will look to punish the oddsmakers as an underdog again this Thursday night hosting the Houston Texans. Brock Osweiler was under center last November in Denver when the Broncos overcame a 14-0 deficit for a 30-24 overtime victory to give New England its first loss of 2015. Brissett obviously isn't a street guy like, say, Brandon Weeden last season. But J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney may just tee off on the rookie quarterback, pressuring him into making mistakes. The Texans faced a version of this last week when the Chiefs came to town, with tight end Travis Kelce and a couple decent pass catching running backs. The nine-year veteran has played on all but two offensive snaps over the first two games and reeled in a 20-yard touchdown on Sunday. If the Patriots can find a way to win at home against Houston with their third-string quarterback, the Texans could prove to be the team to beat this season.

The #Patriots have done extensive preparation over the past few days to get WR Julian Edelman ready as the backup QB.

Bill Belichick has never been one to tip his hand on anything, especially his plans leading into a game. Of course, all that changed the afternoon Mo Lewis knocked him sideways, but the fact that the franchise had followed their overriding team-building philosophy - always get a quarterback - is one of the reasons they found him in the first place.

Despite starting the season 2-0 to lead the American Football Conference Eastern Division, the New England Patriots are still going through some problems as they miss their key players.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go eat. all of a sudden, I'm hungry for brisket.



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