The New England Patriots beat the Houston Texans 27-0 on Thursday Night Football this past week, and while many people are criticizing the Texans, Ian Eagle believes the Patriots deserve a little praise.
“I’m more impressed with what New England was able to do as opposed to Houston’s inabilities to be consistent and sustain drives,” the CBS and Westwood One announcer said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “To me, the fact that the Pats are always prepared for any situation under Bill Belichick – the head coach prides himself on that. He expects you to do your job and to do it well, the winning mentality, the winning culture that we sometimes take for granted – this is acquired over time. Bill Belichick didn’t win this game (Thursday) night. He won this game five years ago, seven years ago, nine years ago in the way he goes about his business, in the way that the younger players are trained by the veteran players and the fact that Jacoby Brissett – on a short week, a third-string quarterback, third-round pick – can step in and handle his business.”
Brissett threw for 103 yards and ran for 48 yards and a touchdown. The defense, meanwhile, was dominant throughout, forcing three turnovers and notching its first shutout since 2012.
“You watch them in person and you’re blown away by the scheme, by the wherewithal, and by the unity and teamwork,” Eagle said of the Pats’ defense. “It’s incredible. We say it every year, and yet, we’re still somehow surprised by it.”