First Quarter ThoughtsJanuary 13th, 2013 at 5:23 pm by Shaun Towne under Patriots Playoff Push
Quarter one is in the books here in Foxboro, with the Patriots coming out on top by a lead of 7-3. The 94-yard return by the Texans on the opening kickoff wasn’t exactly an ideal start, but the defense was able to hold them to only a field goal.
As I said in a previous post, injuries are a huge factor in these types of games, and the Pats already have two men down. RB Danny Woodhead has left the game with a thumb injury, and star TE Rob Gronkowski has suffered an arm injury, both are listed as questionable for return. It is unclear at this time if Gronk’s injury is related to his forearm injury that he’s been recovering from since the regular season game against the Colts.
The Patriots secondary has become an important presence early in the game, effectively shutting down Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, and the rest of the Texans passing attack. They will certainly need to keep that up if they want to come out victorious.