Brissett stars as Patriots ease past Texans

Rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett played a starring role as the New England Patriots defeated the Houston Texans 27-0 in the NFL’s Thursday night game.

The 23-year-old was making his first NFL start, with Tom Brady serving his ‘Deflategate’ suspension and Jimmy Garoppolo injured for the game at Gillette Stadium.

He completed 11 of 19 passes for 103 yards and ran eight times for 48 yards, including a 27-yard score, as the Patriots posted their first shutout win since 2012.

“They played the game exactly the way we asked them to play it,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said of his players.

“It wasn’t perfect, I’m not saying that. But they tried to do what we wanted them to do, and as a coach you just can’t ask for any more than that.”

As for Houston head coach Bill O’Brien, he was full of praise for his opponents: “Their program has been in place for a long time.

“They have what I think is the best head coach in the history of the league and they do a great job.”

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