Pats take the lead, thanks to Shane Vereen

AP

The Pats are on the board.

A 65-yard drive ended with a one-yard touchdown run from running back Shane Vereen.  The running back has been bumped up the depth chart both via the injury to Danny Woodhead and, in a roundabout way, the injury to Rob Gronkowski.

Lined up wide right like Gronkowski often does, Vereen caught a 25-yard pass, moving the ball from the Houston 40 to the Texans 15.

The Patriots lead after one full quarter, 7-3.