Now starting their 3rd string QB, in Week 3, can the Pats stay undefeated with a rookie QB, making his first NFL start, at home against J.J. Watt and the Texans defense? The Texans limited the Chicago Bears to 14 points and the Kansas City Chiefs to just 12. Jimmy Garoppolo proved that the Patriots offensive scheme works, so Brissett could have success, but I wouldn't count on it.
Brock Osweiler and the Texans are only averaging 21 points per game on offense and despite rushing for 94 rushing yards per game, Lamar Miller has yet to score, averaging just 3.6 yards per carry. The Patriots have allowed rushing touchdowns to David Johnson and rookie Kenyan Drake. They got torched through the air, allowing 100+ receiving yards to Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker, but no touchdowns in Week 2. Kenny Stills and TE Jordan Cameron caught TD passes from Ryan Tannehill. Carson Palmer connected twice with Larry Fitzgerald in the end zone week 1. New England's secondary will have their hands full with DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. The Texans rookie has back to back 100 yard games and five plays of 20+ yards.
UPDATE - The Patriots shutout the Texans and need to beat the Bills at home to go 4-0 without Tom Brady. Then they get the Browns. So we could see a 5-0 New England team, with Brady and Rob Gronkowski, get the Bengals at home and Steelers on the road in weeks 6 & 7, before a week 8 rematch at Buffalo. Not saying it will happen, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Pats were 8-0 going into their bye, week 9.