Pats stretch lead to seven

Reuters

Gradually, the Patriots are waking up.  But their rematch with the Texans is a far cry from the blowout we saw five weeks ago.

The Pats have added to their lead with a 37-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski.  The points came on a drive that stalled in large part after receiver Brandon Lloyd threw the ball a little too hard at an official after a pass one-hopped into Lloyd’s hands.  The 15-yard walk-off for unsportsmanlike conduct put the Patriots in tough position to score a touchdown, resulting two plays later in the field goal.

Meanwhile, the Texans are driving midway through the second quarter, despite only 10 yards rushing.