Monday Night Football Recap: New England Patriots 42 – Houston Texans 14
In a battle of two of the top teams in the AFC, the New England Patriots dominated the Houston Texans Monday night in Foxboro. With the loss, the Texans fell to 11-2 and although they’ve already clinched a playoff birth, they’re at risk of losing the #1 seed and perhaps the division with two games remaining against the Colts. For the Patriots, they improved to 10-3 and continue to be in a position to claim a first-round bye.
The Texans had a chance to prove they’re an elite team, but for the second time on a national stage they were completely overmatched. They still have the talent to win the conference, but for now, the Patriots remain the class of the AFC.
Brady picked apart the Texans all night for 296 passing yards and 4 touchdowns, including a 63-yard bomb to Donte Stallworth. Despite a good pass rush from the Texans, Brady continually found the open man and was very effective in the hurry-up. The Patriots were so dominant that Brady barely had to throw in the fourth quarter and even came out of the game towards the end.
With Gronkowski out, Hernandez stepped up with 8 catches for 58 yards and 2 scores, his second straight impressive fantasy performance. If Gronkowski misses more games, as it appears he will, Hernandez remains a must-start in fantasy leagues.
Lloyd hasn’t been consistent enough to warrant a start in many leagues, but if you happened to give him the nod this week, you were rewarded with 7 catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. Still, fantasy owners can probably find a better matchup next week when the Patriots face a great 49ers defense.
Somehow, Foster always seems to find the endzone…remarkably he’s scored in all but one game this season. Even though he had an off game, he still put up respectable fantasy numbers, scoring 13 points in standard leagues.
Despite Schaub’s innaccuracy most of the night, Johnson hauled in 8 catches for 95 yards. He hasn’t been able to score very much this season, but because of his high reception and yardage totals, Johnson is still one of the better fantasy receivers and has good matchups the rest of the season.