Patriots regular season review: Ranking 16 games by most fun to watch

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5. Week 14 – Patriots 27, Texans 6

What was fun to watch

  • Akiem Hicks and Jabaal Sheard coming into their own on the defensive line. The two newcomers combined for four sacks and six quarterback hits in total.
  • The defense as a whole surrendering just 189 yards of offense to the playoff-bound Texans, including just 52 receiving yards to DeAndre Hopkins.
  • Martin catching a touchdown pass against his former teammates.

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What wasn’t fun to watch

  • Martin muffing a punt, setting the Texans up deep in Patriots’ territory.
  • Jonathan Grimes slipping through the defense for a 37-yard run.

The Patriots dodged their first three-game losing streak since 2002 by winning in Houston after back-to-back frustrations against Denver and Philly. It was a blast to watch the Patriots slice through the Texans like butter on national television.

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