New England Patriots

Oct 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) calls a play during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

For a while there, it looked like the Patriots were facing a mostly “down” day in the postgame Ups & Downs. But a second-half comeback victory helped change that.

Surprisingly enough, it’s the Patriots defense that gets the bulk of the “downs” in this one, as the Texans and rookie quarterback Davis Mills had their way with them for much of the game. But a clutch performance by the offense and kicking game helped balance things out.

If we were to put the coaching staff on this list, they’d get a thumbs down for looking unprepared in the first half and letting a rookie QB shred them for at least two and a half quarters. But Ups & Downs are about the players.

Here’s the full list from the Patriots’ 25-22 win over the Texans…

Next Ups & Downs will come in Week 6, after the Patriots take on the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium.

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