Brady and the starting offense played just two series. Brady went 6-for-9 and had 67 yards along with a touchdown pass to Rex Burkhead.
Deshaun Watson took over for Savage against mostly backups. Malcom Brown and Alan Branch, who came off PUP this week, started in the middle. It's the second rushing touchdown in as many weeks for the Texans first-round pick.
It was a rough first quarter to say the least for Butler. Savage retired with 8-of-9 for 98 yards and a touchdown.
The biggest issue for the Patriots' defense in the first quarter were the self-inflicted wounds. The second-round pick was on the hook for two Patriots TDs in coverage.
However, New England wasn't done yet as they were able to go on a 10 play drive for 83 yards and a touchdown.
It was similar to the last time the Patriots suited up at NRG Stadium, where running back James White set a Super Bowl record with 14 catches for 110 yards and three total touchdowns against the Falcons. Saturday's Patriots-Texans game was one that showed off a lot of things in full swing.
With the Texans leading 20-16 in the third quarter, Jimmy Garoppolo fumbled after he was hit by Houston's Tony Washington. That being said they knew the Patriot's play style in and out. Cyrus Jones would seem to fall outside that group in competition for the fifth spot alongside players like Justin Coleman, Kenny Moore and DJ Killings. He walked off under his own power but was later taken to the locker room on a cart, and was clearly in a significant amount of pain. The team announced that Roberts sustained a rib injury and would not return. Offensively, Brady got it going on the team's second drive, which nearly ended after one play on an interception along the sideline. This week, he outdid himself with the highlight reel play of the second half. The ball wobbled through the end zone for a touchback and game-ending turnover.
But on second down at the Texans' 22, Cunningham got schooled by Burkhead.
Garoppolo followed up a great drive with a horrid decision. Later in the fourth, Houston's Denzel Rice intercepted a Garoppolo pass. Meanwhile, D'Onta Foreman (who had just 7 for 17) had a play of 40+ yards for the 2nd straight week after a 63 yard catch and run.